Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are keen to sign Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset this summer, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 23-year-old has been on the south coast since 2016 but has never really nailed down a place in Eddie Howe’s team.
A French talisman, the player last scored during a 5-1 loss to Arsenal and managed just five goals throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Celtic would need to break their record transfer fee to sign Mousset. The report suggests, however, that a player plus cash deal might be negotiated.
According to Spotrac, Mousset earns £20k-a-week at Bournemouth. Those wages would fit in with the salary structure at Parkhead, so that wouldn’t represent much of a problem.
The Hoops will be desperate for striker reinforcements. Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers served to highlight their need for a more clinical finisher in the penalty box.
Mousset wouldn’t be the kind of signing to overly excite Celtic supporters. Five goals during the last 12 months will hardly get fans of the club buzzing to see him in action.
That said, English football isn’t Scottish football and there is a sense that he might just do alright north of the border.
Had he been selected more often by Howe he might have grabbed himself a few more goals at the Vitality Stadium. The challenge, if he does make the switch to Celtic, will be to prove he is capable of scoring goals on a consistent basis.
The fee being brandished around is excessive for a player with Mousset’s record. If either a cheaper deal or a player plus cash arrangement can be made, it would represent better business.