The Glasgow Evening Times has reported that Steven Fletcher’s wages are the stumbling block Celtic need to deal with in order to sign the forward from Sunderland.
The paper suggests that the fee is not the problem, but a reported wage of around £50,000 per week could be difficult for the Bhoys to maintain.
With no sign that John Guidetti is going to move to the club as a free agent following a loan spell, manager Ronny Deila will have a big hole to fill in the attacking section of his squad.
The paper also claims that the fact Sunderland have managed to persuade Dick Advocaat to stay on at the Stadium of Light means there’s no guarantee the Dutchman would be open to letting the striker leave.
Advocaat could realistically base his Sunderland attack around Fletcher next season, as he looks to engineer a situation where the Black Cats avoid a repeat of the Premier League struggles which plagued them for the majority of last season.
Deila will not allow his team to be pushed around in the transfer market, but he certainly won’t allow the club to pay over the odds to a single player.