Celtic close to wrapping up £7.1m transfer

Caleb Ekuban in action for Ghana

Celtic's season has already been full of drama.

The majority of sides are only five games into the new SPFL campaign but that hasn't stopped controversy from surrounding the league.

Boli Bolingoli's trip to Spain and subsequent failure to quarantine meant that the Hoops had two games postponed.

In that time, they fell six points behind their fiercest rivals Rangers. That was not in the script as Neil Lennon's side came into a season where ten in a row was on the cards.

Of course, there is still plenty of time to achieve that and with Albian Ajeti hitting the ground running, there is renewed hope of that record becoming a reality.

He scored his very first goal for Celtic against Dundee and it should be a relief to Nick Hammond and co that they have someone capable of taking the burden off Odsonne Edouard's shoulders.

Neil Lennon

The Frenchman is at the centre of a potential £30m bid from Aston Villa and it would be disastrous if he was to leave.

Perhaps that's why the Bhoys are on the verge of signing another attacking player?

Reports from Turkey and Haberturk claimed early this week that Celtic were closing in on the signing of Trabzonspor's Caleb Ekuban.

The forward, who used to play for Leeds and is capped at international level by Ghana, is set to cost the club €8m (£7.1m) plus bonuses. 

Trabzonspor have already accepted that offer and it's now thought that a medical will take place in the coming days.

Exciting times for Celtic.

Caleb Ekuban

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

At over £7m, this is a rather strange piece of business. Vakoun Issouf Bayo only departed on loan for Toulouse a few weeks ago so Celtic are clearly well stacked in forward areas.

However, the valuable asset of Ekuban's game is his sheer versatility.

Not only can the 26-year-old play upfront, but he can play comfortably on either wing and also has the ability to feature behind the striker in a number 10 role.

That was a position Oliver Ntcham operated in against Dundee but the threat remains that he could depart.

Caleb Ekuban

Ekuban is improving all the time too. He scored ten goals and contributed 11 assists in Turkey last season but those stats aren't even the most exciting parts of his game.

When playing for Leeds in 2017, pundit Noel Whelan raved about the player's qualities to BBC Radio Leeds. He commented: "His closing down and the pace to him, which I’ve never seen before, he was unbelievable.

"The amount of ground he covered in such little time, his pace is phenomenal." 

That's a pretty scary assessment of the Ghanian and should have Celtic supporters foaming from the mouth. Blessed with pace, creativity and the ability to hit the back of the net, you can't go too far wrong. 

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