French side Marseille show interest Celtic's 13-goal target

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Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly interested in Sivasspor top-scorer, Aatif Chahechouhe, now Marseille are also showing interest.

Aatif Chahechouhe has been one of the revelations of the Turkish Super League season - the 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 26 matches for Sivasspor - and has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs. Scottish champions’ Celtic has apparently shown an interest in recent weeks, but the Franco-Moroccan attacker has also gathered glances from French side Olympique Marseille.

With several players set to leave the Stade Velodrome this summer, Marseille will need replacements as they try to rebuild and recover for a season that seems set to begin without European football. One doubt over any move for the former AS Nancy striker would be the lack of a permanent head coach at Marseille at the moment. Current boss, Jose Anigo, will move back to his role as Sporting Director, it is likely that any move for Chahechouhe will be triggered by Anigo, and the new coach will have to work together with Anigo to target any future signings.

If the interest from Celtic is real, they will be favourites to land the attacker over the French club. Celtic won the Scottish Premiership title on Wednesday night, and once again qualified for the Champions League qualifiers, the Glasgow club will be targeting another campaign in the group stage, but even failure in the qualifiers would put them in the Europa League.

Manager Neil Lennon will be looking to strengthen his front-line this summer, the current forwards have not quite reached the standards Celtic would have hoped, and one or two might be moved on this summer. Georgios Samaras, Teemu Pukki and Amido Balde have only scored 12 goals between them in 53 appearances. This season in Turkey, Chahechouhe has scored more goals than Didier Drogba, Hugo Almeida, Moussa Sow and Dirk Kuyt; he leads the scoring chart in Turkey and has helped his side up to sixth place in the table.

After three unsuccessful seasons’ at French side Nancy, Chahechouhe moved to Bulgaria, he scored 10 goals in 15 starts for Chernomorets Burgas, earning a €800,000 move to Turkey. His contract with Sivasspor runs until 2016, and it will take a bid of around €3 million to interest the Turkish side, but any level of European football will likely spark an interest from the player.

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