Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi has indicated his desire to leave the club in January, telling his agent to search for a new destination.
Football Insider reported that the 21-year-old is looking to move on from the Glasgow outfit either on loan or permanently and has asked his agent to try and find him a new club at the earliest opportunity.
According to Football Insider, it remains to be seen if the Hoops will let him leave permanently, claiming that they could struggle to recoup the £3m they paid in signing the Ivorian from FC Krasnodar in 2017 (as per STV Sport).
Kouassi’s Celtic career has been on hold for just over a year now, having suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Hearts in October 2018 and since been unable to get back into the team even as a substitute.
A couple of months ago, Football Insider reported that Greek club Panathinaikos were planning to watch the midfielder with a view to a potential offer, having considered signing him in the summer but deciding not to because of his ongoing injury recovery.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon appears to be looking at other midfielders to strengthen his squad in that area of the pitch, with Victor Wanyama having been linked with a return to Parkhead by the Daily Mail and FC Heidenheim’s Niklas Dorsch also believed to be on the Hoops’ radar, according to The Telegraph.
Even before his cruciate ligament injury last year, Kouassi had struggled to get into Celtic’s line-up. He has been at the club since January 2017 but made just 22 appearances for the Hoops, with a mere 12 starts in all competitions.
Although the midfielder returned to training in July, as reported by the Daily Record, he hasn’t even been included in a matchday squad in any of Celtic’s 27 games so far this season, with the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor mainstays in the central midfield area with 2,239 and 2,325 minutes played already in 2019/20.
Kouassi’s complete omission from Lennon’s plans this season, and his now-public desire to leave the club, would appear to make a January departure inevitable if a suitor can be found.
With Brown and McGregor owning the central midfield positions, the Ivorian’s likely departure is one that Celtic should easily be able to absorb.
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