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Five facts about Celtic transfer target Alfred Finnbogason

We bring you a fact-file on SC Heerenveen's Icelandic striker - linked with Celtic this summer.

Celtic recently completed an excellent signing, the likes of which have not been seen in the Scottish Premier League for a while now. The acquisition of Ajax winger Derk Boerrigter on a cut-price deal speaks volumes about the clubs ambition to grow as a European force again - the Dutch international may have struggle for first-team football at Ajax, but he is still a top quality player.

With Gary Hooper leaving the club does need to target a new striker to bag the goals that will invariably be missing in the now Norwich City strikers absence.

And it looks like the Dutch Eredivisie is again the hunting ground for The Bhoys.

Dutch outfit Heerenveen have a knack for always possessing top quality centre forwards and the present is no different to the past - with Icelander Alfred Finnbogason leading the line with aplomb.

So as Celtic reportedly line up a bid for the player - what can we tell you about him?

1) Interestingly, if Finnbogason was to make a Scottish move, it would not be his first time living in the country.

His father studied at Edinburgh University when he was a child and he spent a year living in the UK - playing for Hutchison Vale. Hutchie have a reputation similar to the Wallsend Boys Club or Senrab in Scotland - with the likes of Gary Naysmith, Alan McGregor, Danny Wilson, Leigh Griffiths and the Caldwell brothers all playing for the club.

During his time in the Scottish capital Finnbogason became a Hibernian fan - an affection that continues to this day.

2) As a youngster at Icelandic club Breidablik he played with several future Iceland stars. The likes of Tottenham’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and AZ Alkmaar stars Johann Gudmondsson and Aron Johannsson were both on the books at the same time as Finny.

3) It was actually on a loan spell, from an unsuccessful stint with Belgian side Lokeren, which earned him his move to Heerenveen last summer.

During his six-month loan period with Helsinborgs IF in Sweden he completed a magnificent feat. In one game against Slask Wroclaw in the Europa League he scored one and made five assists in a 6-1 aggregate win against the side.

4) This is also not the first time he has had the chance to join a British club. In 2009 he went on trial with English side Blackpool.

5) His current manager in Holland is Dutch legend Marco van Basten - who recently compared him to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Jon Dahl Tomasson.

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