Celtic have the chance to rid themselves of a Neil Lennon blunder by landing Antoine Semenyo for Ange Postecoglou this summer.
Celtic hold talks with Semenyo’s agent
The Hoops appear to be making plans ahead of Postecoglou’s second season in charge, with rumours gathering pace regarding Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo.
Celtic sent senior scout Craig Strachan to watch the forward in action against Reading last month, with the player’s agent, Tony Finnigan, now confirming he has had a conversation with Strachan regarding the 22-year-old.
Similar to Toney?
Cast your mind back to the summer of 2020, when Neil Lennon was on the hunt for a new striker at Parkhead. The Hoops were heavily linked with Ivan Toney, then at Peterborough, after he scored 24 goals in 32 League One games.
Stephen McGowan even claimed that Toney was in the building at Celtic Park and wanted to sign, however, Lennon ended up going for Albian Ajeti from West Ham instead.
As we know, a £4.5m move for Ajeti hasn’t exactly worked out, with the 25-year-old scoring just nine times in 48 appearances and making just three league starts under Postecoglou. Frank McAvennie has even recently stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Swiss striker has played his last game for the club.
On that basis, should the club end up moving Ajeti on in the summer, they could be on the search for a replacement, with Semenyo possibly that man.
The Bristol City striker has impressed this season, contributing to 14 goals in 21 appearances in the Championship and winning the division’s Player of the Month award for January. At 22 years of age, he appears to be getting better and better, meaning Postecoglou could finally fix Lennon’s blunder missing out on Toney by signing Semenyo.
It seems like it could be a deal to keep a close eye on after a conversation between a Hoops official and the player’s agent, and should his contract situation stay the same, Celtic may fancy themselves to negotiate a cut-price fee as he enters the final 12 months of his deal.
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