Report: Southampton to battle with Celtic for impressive attacking loanee

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Southampton looking to snatch Manchester City loanee John Guidetti from under Celtic's nose.

According to Southampton-based newspaper the Southern Daily Echo, Saints manager Ronald Koeman could snatch a former favourite of his from under the nose of Celtic in the form of Manchester City’s John Guidetti.

Guidetti, who played under Koeman at Feyenoord in the 2011-12 season, will have left a good impression on the Saints manager as he struck an eye-watering 20 league goals in 23 Dutch Eredivisie appearances. However, ever since he left Holland, the explosive forward has struggled to hit the same standards.

Upon returning to Manchester, the youngster, who struggled with injuries in the first part of the season, failed to break into a free-scoring City side after returning to full-fitness but shone in the U21 Premier League by scoring six goals in seven games.

Last season, he earned a move to Premier League side Stoke City, however, failed to live up to the billing and was sent back to Etihad having only made six out of a possible 38 Premier League appearances.

In the summer, it was announced after much speculation that he would join Celtic on loan for the season and quickly became a fans favourite after netting at an impressive rate. The Swedish international scored 11 goals in 12 games but has since failed to net in his last six games, with his last goal coming in a 4-0 win over Hearts on the 30th November.

Nevertheless, according to the Manchester Evening News, the Bhoys are keen on snapping up the Stockholm-born striker, whose contract expires in the summer, on a permanent basis and are working hard on negotiating a deal in order achieve that.

If Southampton are in fact interested in the forward, given Koeman’s previous links to him, it could make negotiations even harder for Celtic who will desperately be working hard between now and the end of the transfer window in order to keep their loan star at the club.

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