With the one-time Manchester City striker in fine form since moving to Celtic Park, could Southampton or Aston Villa move for the 22-year-old Swede in January?
A hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the League Cup this week all but confirmed what many Celtic fans already knew – the permanent signing of John Guidetti is a must for the Bhoys this season.
And while the prognosis is good for such a deal being completed, the Hoops would be wise to move quickly in their bid to capture the 22-year-old on a permanent basis before the end of the season.
Out of contract with Manchester City come the end of the campaign, a tally of eight goals in as many games for Celtic so far this term may have alerted a few more suitors to Guidetti’s potential – here are three sides who could yet step into the breach.
Guidetti spent the 2011/12 season on loan with the Dutch giants, scoring 20 goals in 23 Eredivisie games for the club.
Currently third in the Dutch league and chasing a Champions League qualification spot, Feyenoord have struggled to replace Graziano Pelle following the Italian’s move to Southampton last summer and could be willing to break the bank to bring the 22-year-old back.
Ronald Koeman was the manager responsible for bringing the best out of Guidetti while with Feyenoord, so it makes sense that the Dutchman would at the very least consider a reunion at St Mary’s.
Pelle may currently be providing the goals for the Saints in the Premier League but with fellow forward Jay Rodriguez rumoured to be edging towards a Tottenham move, Guidetti could be the ideal low-cost replacement for the canny Southampton boss.
A run of five games without a goal has served to highlight Villa’s goalscoring concerns this season and with Roy Keane and Paul Lambert both likely to be keeping a close eye on their respective former club Celtic, a move for Guidetti may well have already been discussed.
With the Villans able to offer the Swede the chance at regular playing time in the Premier League, coupled with a superior financial package, it would not be a massive shock to see them make a move.