Former England striker Darren Bent believes that Celtic should turn the loan signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi into a permanent one after an apparent revision of his asking price.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent feels that Celtic should be willing to spend £9m to sign Elyounoussi permanently.
The ex-Tottenham striker said: “I’m all for that. I think it’s a bargain, I would snap their hand off.
“Also I like that Celtic and Rangers try to get the best players to Scotland now, but I also like how they try to take players to the next level.
“They shop in the Premier League and try to recruit talented players, and I’ve played with players who have featured for Celtic and they say it’s unbelievable to play for them. And if I was Celtic I would snap their hand off.”
Bent is right to encourage Celtic to pay the £9m that would apparently persuade Southampton to let them have Elyounoussi on a permanent basis.
Considering that the Saints have lowered their asking price and are looking to cut their losses on players who are no longer part of their plans, as claimed by the Daily Record, the Hoops would appear to be in a strong bargaining position if they want to seal a permanent deal for the 25-year-old.
There is also the consideration of how well the Norwegian has performed since coming to Glasgow on loan back in August.
Between his debut in mid-September and the November international break, Elyounoussi scored seven goals and provided six assists in just 12 matches for Celtic, enjoying an instant impact on the left flank. [via TransferMarkt]
Unfortunately, a foot injury suffered on Norway duty two months ago has interrupted his season, with a 45-minute appearance in the Betfred Cup final his only action since mid-November (as per TransferMarkt).
Mikey Johnston has since returned to the team on the left-hand side but is without a goal contribution since the early December win over Hamilton (as per TransferMarkt), while Lewis Morgan hasn’t contributed to any goals from his five appearances on the left flank this season (as per TransferMarkt).
Therefore, if Elyounoussi can reclaim his place on the left wing and pick up where he left off once he returns to full fitness, Celtic should be confident enough in his ability to sign him outright, as Bent has advocated.
Celtic fans, do you agree with Bent’s recommendation to sign Elyounoussi permanently for a reduced price of £9m? Have your say by commenting below!
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