Report: Brondby to open talks with Celtic for Teemu Pukki this week

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It looks as if Celtic striker Teemu Pukki is set to leave on a permanent deal.

Pukki joined Brondby on loan in September, and a report in the Daily Record - referenced by BBC Sport - claims that manager Thomas Frank is set to open talks with Celtic this week concerning a permanent transfer.

Pukki originally signed for the Bhoys in 2013, and he made 38 appearances, scoring nine goals for the Scottish club, coming across last season and the opening weeks of this campaign. That is an acceptable, if not brilliant strike-rate for a centre-forward, especially one with an international pedigree.

He has seen much of the same form this term after linking up with the Danish club in September last year. 26 games have brought nine goals and one assist, and clearly head coach Frank has seen enough from Pukki to want to sign him on a permanent deal.

It is highly likely that Ronny Deila will agree to Pukki’s departure, with the 25-year-old clearly not in his plans, even despite Celtic’s troubles in the goalscoring department this season.

The Premiership champions have failed to find a consistent goalscorer for much of the campaign, and it is only in the last few months that Leigh Griffiths has truly discovered a rich vein of form to claim the starting role.

Deila may look to sign a new striker this summer, and although Pukki is already on the Celtic books, it is almost a guarantee that he will be allowed to leave Parkhead, with Brondby first in line.

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