Celtic news round-up: Ryan Fraser, Kubo and more


Today wasn't a very good day on the transfer front for Celtic.

It was blow after blow as the Hoops were forced to see Ivan Toney's stock rise to £10m and another club join in the race to sign Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens.

Two players who could have bolstered their attacking and defensive lines, Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond could be forced to look elsewhere in the market.

And on Wednesday, they have done exactly that, identifying a fresh batch of targets who could walk through the doors this summer.

As the Hoops look to win a record tenth successive title, who they bring to Parkhead could be huge.

Of course, keeping the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer at the club will be among Lennon's first duties, but he must also bear in mind the need for further recruits to strengthen their grip on Scottish football.

Here's today's Celtic news round-up...

Isreali tipped to sign

Celtic have been linked in the past with a move for Israeli forward Shon Weissman.

However, further fuel has been added to the fire in their pursuit of the Wolfsberger forward. 

Speaking to Inside Futbol, Ronny Rosenthal, backed him to sign for the Hoops and flourish as a result. 

He stated: "I think moving to Celtic could be a great move for him because the Scottish league is not so strong and it is important for him to play regularly and be important for the club he is going to.

"I believe if he moves to a higher level he could find himself in competition with other players, and not playing regularly after scoring more than 30 goals in his first season would obviously be disappointing.

"I think Celtic could be interesting for him," Rosenthal commented.

This should be music to the ears of Lennon and co. After all, Weissman has scored a colossal 32 goals in all competitions this term, and should Edouard leave, he'd be a fine replacement.

Aged just 24, Weissman still has the prime of his career to look forward to but whether or not that's in Celtic remains to be seen.

Either way, Rosenthal expects him to do rather well if he moves to Scotland.


Interest in Premier League ace

In a rather surprising turn of events, the Hoops have been linked with a move for Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser.

The Scottish winger is out of contract at the end of the month after refusing to sign a new deal with Eddie Howe's men, but following his departure, could demand quite sizable wages elsewhere.

If he joins the Hoops, a move he'd prefer if no top-six Premier League side comes in for him, he'd arrive as the club's highest-paid player on £40k-a-week.

Fraser has attracted interest from Everton and Spurs recently, while Arsenal have also been a potential suitor for the 26-year-old.

Available on a free transfer, moving for someone of his quality would surely be a no-brainer.

He assisted 14 goals in the English top-flight last term, scoring seven goals in the process.

Although he's found the back of the net just once this season, it's hard to deny the outstanding ability he has in the final third.

Danny Mills labelled him a "Mourinho esque player" when talking about links to Tottenham, so here's hoping he suits Lennon in equal measure.


Wonderkid could join on loan

To continue the theme of good news, Celtic could well sign talented winger Takefusa Kubo on a temporary deal next season.

Dubbed the Japanese Messi for his eye-catching dribbling ability, the 19-year-old has made headlines throughout the globe for his style of play.

Possessing a release clause of €250m (£226.7m), any permanent transfer remains out of the question. However, a loan move is very much on the cards.

That's according to AS who report the Hoops, as well as Ajax, Lazio, Milan and more than ten teams in Spain are wanting to sign him.

The teenager has spent the current campaign on loan at Mallorca in La Liga where he's scored three goals and registered two assists.

Being dispossessed 2.1 times per game, he clearly needs to be a bit better in possession of the ball, but that's something that comes with the territory of dribbling a lot.

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