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Celtic: Yannick Bolasie identified as transfer target for Hoops

Celtic: Yannick Bolasie identified as transfer target for Hoops

Celtic are chasing the signature of Everton forward Yannick Bolasie, with two other clubs also believed to be in the mix.

Goal.com reported that the Hoops were targeting the 30-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo international, who is also on the radar of Besiktas and Rennes.

According to Goal.com, Everton want the player off their books and had agreed a loan agreement with a £5million option to buy with CSKA Moscow, but Bolasie rejected the deal as he does not want to move to Russia.

The winger, who is on wages of £80,000 a week at Goodison Park, would likely cost prospective suitors around the £5m mark, as claimed by Goal.com.

Bolasie joined Everton from Crystal Palace for £25m three years ago but his Toffees career was torpedoed by a cruciate ligament injury in December 2016 which kept him out of action for just over a year.

He has made just 32 appearances for the Merseysiders and scored twice before he was loaned out to Aston Villa and Anderlecht last season.

He scored just twice in 21 games for Aston Villa but his spell in Belgium was more productive, with six goals in 17 appearances for Anderlecht.

Ronald Koeman, who signed him for Everton in 2016, described Bolasie as “the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line”. [via Birmingham Live]

The winger scored 10 goals and provided 17 assists in his final two seasons at Crystal Palace before moving to the Toffees, but he has tended to be very careless in possession.

His passing success rate in his time at Villa Park last season was just 72.3% and even that was a major improvement on the 62.9% he recorded with Everton in 2017/18.

Celtic already have an abundance of left-sided wingers and midfielders in Scott Sinclair, Mikey Johnston and Lewis Morgan, the latter two making their mark in the early weeks of the season.

Johnston has scored twice for the Hoops already in this campaign, while Morgan has started four of the Hoops’ seven games so far and twice come on as a substitute, providing two assists.

In left-back Boli Bolingoli, Celtic already have a player on that flank with pace in abundance but a habit of giving the ball away needlessly, as highlighted by Jonathan McFarlane of Football Scotland.

Bolasie’s ball retention statistics do not make for good reading, while his pace may not be as strong an asset given that he is now in his 30s and has had a serious injury.

Johnston and Morgan have both made encouraging starts to the season, so it does not seem wise for Celtic to bring in a much older wide player who does not retain possession well in Bolasie.

Celtic fans, do you think a prospective £5m bid for Bolasie would be good business? Give us your views in the comments section below!

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