Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has admitted he still aims to have an impact at parent club Southampton.
The Norwegian joined the Bhoys in the summer on a season-long loan deal from the Saints. With seven goals and six assists in 20 games the winger has impressed, although an ankle injury did impact his progress over the winter.
As reported by the Daily Record, Celtic could secure Elyounoussi’s permanent arrival from Southampton if they were to make a £9 million move for his services in the summer.
But it seems that, in the long-term, Elyounoussi wants to prove himself at Southampton.
Speaking to TV2 in his Norwegian home, where he is currently on lockdown, the forward admits that despite a desire to finish the suspended season with Celtic his main aim is to make an impact at St Mary’s.
“I still have three years left of the contract with Southampton and I want to show myself from a better side than what I have done. I hope I can come back and fight back a place. But at the same time, I really want to finish the season in Celtic and win the league.”
It is easy to see why Elyounoussi would want to return to the Premier League side. The Saints paid a reported (BBC) fee in the region of £16 million to bring Elyounoussi from Basel in 2018 but the Norwegian struggled in his first season in England.
He clearly wants to prove himself on the South Coast, which could leave Celtic to miss out on his permanent arrival.