Celtic Transfer News
There is some really interesting news coming from Turkey this morning, with Haber Turk and Sporx reporting that Celtic have agreed a fee for Trabzonspor attacker Caleb Ekuban.
Haber Turk, one of the most popular Turkish news outlets, believes that Hoops has agreed a € 8million (£ 7.2m) fee with the Turkish Club Plus bonus.
The source believes that Acuban is expected to reach Glasgow in the next two to three days to complete his medical. This is despite news that Trabzonspor manager Eddie Newton urged his board not to sell the striker.
Turkish newspaper Aksam reported yesterday that Acuban “seriously wants a trick of Parkhead”. However, he was also willing to accept the club’s final decision.
And it appears as if Celtic may have actually split the cash on the Ghana international, who scored 10 goals (Transfermark) last season.
Not much larger than expected
The standout aspect here is not news that Celtic are close to signing Akuban. He can play in various positions going forward, so his versatility can attract manager Neil Lennon.
However, the fees involved are difficult to hold. If all the numbers are accurate here and the clubs have indeed agreed on this quantity, it would be the second largest player in Celtic history. If it (Sky Sports) goes ahead only Oddson Ador will be bought for more.
Despite this, there is clearly something in it. Celtic interest has long been reported in Turkey, and has only increased in recent times.
Acuban will come to Parkhead regularly playing as a second striker. Given recent reports about the possible departure of Tom Rogic to Qatar (Daily Mail), it appears that Acuban may have the ability to rival Ryan Christie in the number 10 role.
It should be a few days to see if anything comes out of it. Reports in Turkey are certain that this is almost a deal.