Pundit and former player Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Celtic to complete a permanent move for Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Elyounoussi is currently on his second consecutive loan spell at the club and his current stint ends at the end of the campaign. Agbonlahor though, has suggested that the Hoops should try to sign him permanently in the summer.
Elyounoussi could be signed for £5million
Agbonlahor was recently talking to Football Insider and he gave his views about whether the Hoops should rope in Elyounoussi permanently or not. The Englishman described Elyounoussi to be a ‘very good player’ and urged the Bhoys to snap up a £5 million deal.
Should Celtic sign Elyounoussi permanently?
The former Aston Villa star stated: “100 per cent. He’s a very good player. His name stands out.
“I’ve watched him a few times and he’s a very good player. He can score goals and get assists.
“For £5million, it would be a bargain. I’m sure Celtic will not be looking at big, big signings. They’ll try and pull off another Moussa Dembele or Odsonne Edouard out from somewhere in France. Maybe that’s something they’ll be looking to do.”
Elyounoussi recently played the full 90 minutes of Celtic’s 6-0 win over Livingston (as per Transfermarkt), so he is still clearly a key part of the squad as his loan ticks down.
Celtic should consider Elyounoussi move
The 26-year-old Elyounoussi is currently valued at £10.80 million and Celtic’s current transfer record stands at only £9.27 million, so the reports Saints’ asking price is as little as £5m will come as a huge relief – we can’t see the Hoops smashing their record on the Norway international.
It has also been suggested that while the Norwegian will return to Southampton in the summer, there is still a chance that he leaves the club permanently. His progress and style will be assessed in pre-season by Ralph Hasenhuttl, who will then make a decision.
So, if Southampton are willing to let Elyounoussi go, Celtic should try to negotiate a fee of £5 or even less. He’s been the club’s second-highest goalscorer in the Premiership this season, so whoever the manager is next term would be worse off without him.
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