Celtic have received another blow in their search to bring in a new goalkeeper to Parkhead this summer.
The Hoops this week tabled a bid of £1.3 million to Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok for young shot stopper Grzegorz Sandomierski. Only for the offer to be rejected with Jagiellonia looking to hold out for the £2 million they value their 21 year old keeper at. However I don’t think this will be the last we hear of this transfer.
Manager Neil Lennon has been looking at possible goal keeping targets all summer long with no success as of yet. He has even took former Spurs keeper Stipe Pletikosa on trial on the advice of Harry Redknapp. Playing him in friendly matches against Wolves and Swansea but to no avail.
Now it looks like Lennon has identified his man and its just a case of thrashing out a deal with Jagiellonia before the transfer window closes. The 6ft 5in tall keeper had been the subject of interest from Premiership clubs Everton and Swansea. However with both clubs reluctant to act on their interest, it has given the green light to Celtic who have made no secret of the fact they need a goalkeeper before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Celtic however do face stiff competition for the players signature from Belgian club Genk who have had the same value offer as the Hoops bid rejected also by Jagiellonia Bialystok. Sandomierski’s boss at Jagiellonia Michal Probierz feels a move to Belgian side Genk would be better for his players development and has been quoted saying,
” I’d advise him to go to Genk, as the Belgian league is stronger.”
The Hoops however seem to be in the driving seat with the player himself admitting he would love to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Artur Boruc.
Sandomierski who has 3 caps at international level for Poland has really impressed Neil Lennon. He has been a regular between the posts for Jagiellonia in the past two seasons. Helping them win the Polish Cup and Super Cup as well as two successful European qualifications and the Parkhead boss thinks the young keeper has huge potential.
The players agent Radoslaw Osuch has also said,
” Celtic are closer with their new offer but it is still not good enough for Jagiellonia Bialystok. Jagiellonia definatley want to sell him its just about who comes in with the best offer.
As soon as Celtic match the £2 million asking price, we will be on our way to Scotland. I hope everything turns out well, as I feel Celtic want him very much I know the people at Celtic very well and I know Grzegorz likes the club, he shares my positive feelings.”