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Peruvian News Outlet Links Celtic To Incredible $9m Striker Move

This has to be the most outlandish story I have seen so far in this transfer window. One of those stories that’s simply not going to happen at Celtic for two reasons.

  1. The reported target is 31 years old
  2. See point 1

Libero Peru have linked the Hoops with a $9m (£1.7m) for Gianluca Lapadula. The media site tweeted out today:

Translated :

Good morning, Peru!

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A PERU IS WORTH Lapadula was valued at $ 9 million for the Benevento that has received concrete offers from Glasgow and Celtic. If the “Bambino” agrees to go to Scotland, he would play the Champions League.

Lapadula currently plays for Benevento Calcio in Italy’s second tier and scored just eight goals in 38 appearances for the Italians.

Having just returned from successful Copa America campaign where he helped the Peruvian national team finish fourth in the South American tournament after being knocked out in the semi final stage by Brazil.

Lapadula scored in the 3-2 loss to Colombia and the hitman was the tournaments top scorer with 4 goals.

There is no doubt the man has talent and quality following his showing in the Copa America but this type of signing just doesn’t fit the Celtic model of business.

With Odsonne Edouard expected to leave after Wednesday nights Champions League qualifier and Leigh Griffiths now an injury doubt for the opener against Hearts, Celtic only have Albian Ajeti as a recognised striker, reinforcements are clearly needed up top, but is Lapadula the right man for that job?

Is Celtic Stars Time Up As Stephen McGowan Highlights Postecoglou’s Shopping List?

With Celtic’s activity in the transfer market starting to gather pace, trusted journalist Stephen McGowan has predicted that the Hoops supporters are about to witness a massive upturn in incomings and outgoings this week.

Vital Celtic reported this morning that Daily Mail reporter McGowan expects striker Odsonne Edouard to finalise his £20m move to Brighton after their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday but interestingly highlighted the key positions Postecoglou wants to strengthen before the window closes.

We all know centre back, right back, wingers and strikers are priorities but according to McGowan, Postecoglou is also on the lookout for a defensive midfielder. So that leads me to ask, ‘Where does that leave Ismaila Soro’?

Soro broke through to the first team under Neil Lennon and impressed the supporters with his energy and enthusiasm and went on to make 21 appearances that season.

Soro shows he has a great engine and excellent potential and since former captain Scott Brown left the club for Aberdeen, many would have thought the young 23 year old was a shoe in to step into Brown’s role in the centre of the park.

Against West Ham on Saturday, Soro showed his rawness and (possibly?) inexperience as he barged down Antonio in the box to concede a penalty as Celtic suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat.

If Celtic do bring in another defensive midfielder, does this indicate that Postecoglou deems the young Ivory Coast international not quite ready for the step up into first team or will it mean that the new Celtic gaffer simply thinks he is not good enough to fit into his style of play?

Either way, it doesn’t bode well for Soro this season.

I hope the young man does make it at Paradise. I enjoy watching him play and his enthusiasm for the game is infectious.

In my opinion there is a player in there, let’s hope Postecoglou can draw it out as he has the potential to become a star at Celtic for years to come.

“One Day I Will Play For A World Famous Club” – Hoops Targets Massive Hint To Celtic Transfer

Celtic have been making major moves in the transfer window this summer. The last two weeks have seen three players in Osaze Urhoghide, Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt joining the ranks and with the Parkhead club being linked to several players this summer, one reported target has dropped a massive at where he believes his future lies.

Japanese international Ko Itakura has spoken about his desire to make himself a star in the game and how he aims to play for a world famous club, and there are none more famous than the green and white hoops.

Speaking to the press, Itakura said, “Groningen is the place where I was able to put myself on the map, where I learned to communicate in a foreign language.

“Everything here I did for the first time, and at the next club it will no longer be the first time. I have grown as a person and as a footballer.

“My dream is that one day I will play for a world famous club so that everyone knows who Ko Itakura is.

“But I think that after my career I will always want to come back to FC Groningen. That says it all.”

There is no doubt that Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou will know Itakura well with his contacts and time spent in Japan, and it may well be that be that with the Hoops backline requiring serious strengthening this summer, Itakura may be the man the Ange identifies as the man to bolster his defence.

Davie Provan Incredibly Links Goalkeeper To Celtic

The goalkeeping debate at Celtic will be stuff of folklore in years to come. Vasilis Barkas looks like he will be remembered with such Celtic legends as Carl Muggleton, Tony Cascarino and Raphael Sheidt, unless he starts to up his game.

The early evidence suggests that it’s business as usual for the Greek international keeper and unless there is a dramatic change in fortune and form, Ange Postecoglou will need to dip into the transfer market to replace Barkas and quick.

His half hearted attempt at trying to save Evander’s curling free kick seems to be the last straw for the Hoops fans but it does seem Ange will stick by his number one keeper for the foreseeable future.

There is one man though that has been tipped by former Celtic midfielder, Davie Provan, to take over and he has urged Postecoglou to make his a club an offer and that is former Parkhead stopper Craig Gordon.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Provan was 100% serious and suggested Celtic should eat humble pie and get him back to Glasgow, “Buy Craig Gordon from Hearts. You’re laughing but, put your hands up, and admit you’ve made a mistake. Absolutely.”

At 38 years old, I think that ship has sailed now for Gordon and it would be unlikely that Hearts would want to sell their captain to one of their direct rivals.

On reflection, losing Gordon last season does seem like a howler of a mistake but like all things, everything looks clearer with the benefit of hindsight.

Sacre Bleu! Postecoglou dealt Double Transfer Blow As Targets Set for France

Celtic have been dealt a double transfer blow today as reported targets Ado Onaiwu and Brandon Soppy are set seal moves to France.

Onaiwu was seemingly on Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s radar as a reunion with his former Yokohama F Marinos striker was looking on the cards.

The clear connection between the two made the move seem obvious and Onaiwu addressed the speculation in a press conference after a J League fixture less than a week ago, “I’ve read about the speculation about my future, but my only thought at the moment is to try and catch Kawasaki Frontale in the league because they are nine points ahead of us.

“I think I’ve had a pretty good season and a lot of that is down to the chances created by my teammates.”

The Daily Record reports that Onaiwu could be set to move to Toulouse in the next 48 hours in a move that may be a blow to the Celtic gaffers plans.

In another transfer twist, second Hoops target Brandon Soppy has been the subject of interest for French Ligue 1 club Lille.

Celtic were linked to Soppy by transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano as the Italian journalist tweeted, reported by Vital Celtic, that Soppy was next on the Parkhead list after apparently sealing the Carl Starfelt deal from Rubin Kazan.

The report says a £4m deal could be done as the 19 year old full back enters the last year of his contract.

Will Ange have an insurance policy up his sleeve if he misses out on both targets? The Celtic fans will certainly hope so.

“It’s Going To Happen” – Pundit Tips Transfer Move To Net Celtic Millions

As Celtic continue their foray into the transfer market this summer, there are also expected outgoings that the club are currently in the process of finalising.

With Kristoffer Ajer apparently agreeing a £13m move to Brentford, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard are next in line to leave Paradise in moves that could see the Hoops rake in excess of £10-£20m in transfer fees.

The Hoops fans are probably more resigned to losing Christie but there has always been that glimmer of hope that Edouard could be persuaded to stay by Ange Postecoglou.

Apparently not, according to pundit Kevin Campbell. Speaking to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker says Edouard is going, it’s just a matter of time, “I’ll be honest with you, it is going to happen.

“Edouard will want it to happen pretty quickly and I think the reason it has taken a little bit longer is because the move to Leicester fell through. I thought he was going to go and play under Brendan Rodgers again.

“He will be worried about getting injured in pre-season because if you’re injured you have to toe the line. But I think he will be alright and I think he will get his move in the end.”

Many Celtic fans will be disappointed, but not surprised, at the news and as Postecoglou’s mission to strengthen the forward line took a giant leap forward with the signing Kyogo Furuhashi, maybe that is the signal for the fans that Edouard is on his way out of Paradise in the not too distant future.

“Next Target….” – Fabrizio Romano’s Massive Transfer Hint

As Celtic are now certain to announce the €5m deal for Swedish international Carl Starfelt, transfer super journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed the next Hoops target that will be next to be announced.

Taking to Twitter, Romano announed the imminent signing of Starfelt but also revealed:

Brandon Soppy has been long spoken about over the last few days and it seemed like Celtic were in the driving seat to sign the right back.

Soppy has been capped thirty four times for the French kids and is very highly rated on the continent and with the nineteen year old now, apparently, set for Celtic Park, the Hoops fans will be now starting to feel more confident about the new season as new signings start to unfold.

If the Hoops do uncover Soppy and Starfelt as their next signings, they will need to start thinking about sorting out the future of Kristoffer Ajer.

As Romano names Starfelt as a replacement, it would seem that a move for the big Norwegian can’t be too far away as he has been extremely vocal about leaving Paradise this season.

“On His Way To Glasgow” – Israeli Media Report Move Is On

Celtic have been linked with many names during this transfer and whilst many have failed to come to fruition, there is one player who looks like he will be wearing the green and white Hoops next season.

According to Isreali media site One, Liel Abada of Maccabi Petah Tikva, is currently on his way from France, via London, to come to Glasgow to sign on the dotted line for Scotland’s most successful club.

Abada is a striker and at just 19 years old, looks like another “one for the future”.

In 56 appearances for Maccabi, the youngster has scored just sixteen times. He can also play wide as a winger and Postecoglou may see his versatility as a trait he could use to instil his brand of football on the team.

Abada has been capped just once at international level against Montenegro in June but does have 48 caps from the u16-u21 internationals.

The report also claims that Abada was sought after as he attracted the attention and “offers” from clubs from France and Belgium with Club Brugge named as one of the interested parties.

Celtic fans will be hoping the signing of Abada will be the start of the floodgates opening in terms of new arrivals with the club preparing for their Champions League qualifier clash against Midtjylland.

With the deal expected to cost the club four million Euro’s, it would seem a hefty layout for a player that is a relative unknown in these parts. With no one at the club leading the recruitment team, we just have to hope that Postecoglou has his finger on the pulse with this one.

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With the Celtic fans getting more impatient as the transfer clock continues to tic down, Turkish media site, Fotospor , reports that one of the Hoops suggested targets Bright Osayi-Samuel, has made the Parkhead club one of his priority clubs to sign for.

I say, ‘one of’ because the report also claims that Glasgow rivals Rangers and English Football League side Fulham are both also on his ‘list’.

Although, according to the report, nothing has been made official yet, if none of the clubs make an offer, Fenerbache will consider offering the 23 year old to Monaco in exchange for Henry Onyekuru.

Even at just 23, Osayi-Samuel is an experienced winger with over 160 appearances in the English leagues with Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers.

In January of this year, the young Nigerian sealed a move to Fenerbache after signing a pre contract with the Turkish giants and instead of losing the dynamic winger for free, QPR agreed an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £400,000 to immediately take Osayi-Bright to Sarı Kanaryalar  (The Yellow Canaries).

Celtic need to be wary as Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard has apparently made it known that he is extremely interested in the player but the £3.4m asking price may be too much as the Ibrox club warned of requiring player sales to ‘balance the books’.

If Celtic do manage to pull off this move, it will at least give the fans some faith that the club are starting to take serious the rebuild required to win back the league title.

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“I Can Never Rule Out Anything” – Former Double Winner On Return To Scotland

With the transfer rumour mill hotting up and time running out for Ange Postecoglou to add to his squad before the Champions League qualifier next week, a former Celtic star has opened up on a possible return to Paradise this transfer window.

Joe Ledley enjoyed three great seasons at Celtic Park when he signed for the Hoops back in 2010. Ledley was signed on a free after his contract with Cardiff City expired and it was an inspired signing by the then boss, Neil Lennon.

Ledley enjoyed three trophy laden years at Parkhead picking up three league titles and a Scottish Cup with the double being in season 2012/13.

At 34 years of age, Ledley finds himself a free agent again and in an interview with The Times, he has spoken of his stint at Celtic and of a possible return to the Hoops, “I can never rule out anything. I’d like to be back up there playing at the likes of Celtic Park and Ibrox.

There’s a fantastic culture up there and I enjoyed my time in Scotland. The only thing would be the distance and being away from home.

“Obviously, it’s got to be the right time, the right club and I mean a club with ambition. But you can’t be picky and you can’t rule anything out. If I want to continue playing then sometimes you just have to bite the tongue and sign for someone.”

When pressed if he would be willing to return to Celtic under Ange Postecoglou, Ledley said, “Sadly, I think those days are done. I enjoyed my time at Celtic. It was the best time of my life. I say that all the time. But everyone moves on. There are hardly any players still there from my time.

“There’s only Callum McGregor and probably Jamesy Forrest who I can remember. So time moves on and hopefully we can see this current Celtic team get back to where they were before.”

Although many may point to Ledley’s age and say he too old, you only have to look across the water at Steven Davis to see what an experienced head could lend to the club, especially when such a massive rebuild is underway.

I definitely think it’s a question worth asking worth asking, but will Ange pick up the phone?

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