Chris Sutton believes reported Celtic transfer target Lys Mousset is in the Moussa Dembele mould.
The Hoops have been linked with a move for the Bournemouth striker (The Scottish Sun), who has apparently been valued at around £10 million.
Mousset joined Bournemouth in 2016 from French outfit Le Havre and has made 71 appearances for the club.
Used largely as a substitute by Eddie Howe, the striker has managed just five goals since joining for £5.4 million three years ago (Sky Sports).
He has found it difficult to dislodge the likes of Josh King and Callum Wilson from the starting XI, and is understood to be open to a move this summer.
Despite his poor record in the English top flight, ex-Hoops striker Sutton approves. He said (quoted by The Daily Record, 20/5 08:02am): “Lys Mousset is a similar type to Dembele, would he be worth it? He is a physical type player, a real handful. He’s not had enough game time at Bournemouth but there’s no shame in that with Callum Wilson and Josh King.
“I think it would be a decent piece of business for Celtic.”
Mousset has shown some promise but whether he’d be ‘a decent piece of business for Celtic’ would depend entirely on his price.
The club simply cannot go and make him a more expensive transfer than record signing Odsonne Edouard, who cost £9 million to sign permanently last summer (Sky Sports).
Mousset is still unproven and for Sutton to liken him to Dembele is perhaps slightly premature.
There are similarities in a physical sense, but Dembele is a much more accomplished finisher.
That said Mousset could be a good signing, but only for the right price – £10 million would be massively overpaying and Celtic ought to walk away if Bournemouth won’t negotiate.