Celtic are reportedly set to table an offer of £5.5million to meet Union Berlin target man Sebastian Andersson’s release clause but face competition from Leeds, West Brom and Newcastle. All four need a striker, but which club needs him most?
Andersson, 29, scored 12 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season as Union Berlin defied the odds to finish in a very respectable 11th place. German magazine Kicker claim Celtic are set to meet his exit clause, as are an unnamed French side.
But the nine-time Sweden international is dreaming of a move to the Premier League – with Leeds, Newcastle and West Brom interested in landing the talismanic ace. But which club needs him the most?
4. Celtic – Edouard future is key
Celtic currently boast Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Bayo and Patryk Klimala. Bayo has struggled, Griffiths has been criticised, Klimala has enjoyed a good pre season but is unproven and Edouard has been linked down south.
But as things stand, Celtic hardly need a striker. If Edouard leaves, perhaps Andersson should be targeted.
3. West Brom – Is firepower good enough?
Kenneth Zohore managed four goals last season. Charlie Austin was better with 11 and Hal Robson-Kanu got 10. Though they have the numbers up front, do they have one that can score regularly in the Premier League?
Austin and Robson-Kanu have Premier League experience and while they need a striker, it is probably not of utmost importance. Andersson would be a good addition – but it is not pivotal for Slaven Bilic’s men.
2. Newcastle – Joelinton flops
Since his club-record move, Joelinton has struggled – netting just two Premier League goals. So, Newcastle do need a striker despite Dwight Gayle’s form since the break. Andy Carroll has also signed a new one-year deal.
Yoshinori Muto is expected to leave, but Gayle and Joelinton are both set to stay – with the latter hardly going to be sold after just one season since his £40million move. Yes, they need a talisman like Andersson – but not as much as Leeds.
1. Leeds – Only one striker in under-fire Bamford
Patrick Bamford outscored West Brom’s strikers last season, netting 16 times. But he missed chance after chance, and came under constant criticism. He is Leeds’ only striker, with Tyler Roberts hardly an out-and-out number nine.
Jean-Kevin Augustin looks as though he will return to Leipzig. So, Leeds need competition for Bamford – and possibly a striker that is more proven in front of goal at the top level. Andersson, at £5.5million, could be ideal.