Celtic are yet to replace Moussa Dembele who departed Parkhead on deadline day back in the summer.
The 22-year-old developed into a crucial player for the Hoops and gained a reputation as one of the best goalscorers in the division. Dembele eventually completed a £20m move to Lyon on the final day of the transfer window, leaving Celtic no time to source a replacement. Luckily for Brendan Rodgers, Odsonne Edouard has been in fantastic form since making his move to Celtic Park permanent in the summer meaning Dembele’s presence has not been missed.
Despite Edouard’s fantastic showings, Celtic should still be looking to bring in another forward during the January transfer window. An injury to the Frenchman could prove costly as Celtic look to retain the Scottish Premiership title and progress to the latter stages of the Europa League.
One man Rodgers could target is Bournemouth forward – Jermain Defoe. Valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the 36-year-old has been a regular goalscorer in the Premier League for a number of years but has seen his role greatly reduced this season. Defoe has managed just 22 minutes of Premier League football under Eddie Howe who has preferred to use the likes of Josh King in the attack. Defoe’s lack of football has led to reports suggesting the former England international could be interested in a January departure.
Scoring 162 goals in 496 Premier League appearances, Defoe would be a massive threat to Scottish defences despite approaching the end of his career. The former Tottenham man is an instinctive finisher who could have a huge impact alongside Edouard in the attack. The veteran’s vast knowledge could also help take the Frenchman’s game to the next level.
Potentially available at a great price or on loan, this move should be a no-brainer for the Bhoys.
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