Report: Celtic bid turned down for French attacker; previously attracted English interest
Reports in France have suggested that Celtic have had a €3 million bid turned down for Caen striker Alexandre Mendy (L’Equipe).
The 28-year old has enjoyed a good campaign in Ligue 2, scoring 16 goals in 30 games for his side, who currently sit 8th in the French second division.
Mendy has also previously attracted interest from clubs in the UK, with English Premier League side Newcastle United reportedly making ‘contact’ with the Frenchman. (L’Equipe‘)
So far, the striker has only played his football in the French leagues, with teams such as Nice and Bordeaux.
But, if reports are to be believed, then a potential move to Scotland could be on the cards if Celtic return for a second bid.
With Mendy being under contract until 2024, it would be in the French sides hands as to the level of offer it would take to tempt the striker away from the club.
Could Ange Postecoglou look to bring in a third striker this summer?
At this point, it is evident that Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis are the first and second choice strikers in this Celtic side.
Since joining in the summer, both players have proven their ability to score goals in Scotland.
But could a third striker be on the wish list of Postecoglou and his coaching staff this summer?
It seems highly likely that Albian Ajeti will be heading for the exit door, and with both Kyogo and Giakoumakis suffering from injury issues this season, it might be on the back of the 56-year olds mind.
At 28-years old, though, Mendy doesn’t really fit the role of that player within the squad.
It will be interesting to see if Postecoglou makes further moves for another Celtic striker this summer. But, it seems more likely that it would be a younger option, with Kyogo and Giakoumakis both in their prime years.
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