Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has encouraged the Bhoys to approach Southampton with a view to securing on-loan Mohamed Elyounoussi on a permanent deal.
Stubbs, speaking on the Ladbrokes Social Club and reported in The Evening Times, makes a valid point in what the Parkhead club should be looking to do.
Can Celtic sign Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently?
Asked whether or not now would be a good time to approach the Saints with regards to attempting to sign Elyounoussi, Stubbs said:
“It might [take a lot] but it’s probably not a bad time to test the water before he carries on”.
“If I’m Celtic now I’d definitely be having initial conversations with his parent club, seeing how they progress”.
Now is absolutely the time to ask whether or not a deal can be done, if his current form continues, the price of a permanent deal would surely only go up.
There are a couple of stumbling blocks though, Elyounoussi is a £16m (per BBC Sport) player and was only signed last summer by Southampton. Granted, Premier League clubs in England are cash-rich but the idea of writing off a big investment like that might not go down too well in Hampshire.
There is also their current league status, sitting in the relegation zone just three points off the bottom fresh from a record 9-0 hammering off Leicester. Indeed, if the south coast club were to be relegated, they may see Elyounoussi as a key player in bouncing back up to the promised land.
Still, Celtic have themselves a gem in Elyounoussi and they should do everything in their power to attempt to extend his stay at Paradise even if it is difficult, only time will tell if he is to follow in the path of Patrick Roberts or Odsonne Edouard.
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