Report: Celtic pull plug on Jelle Vossen chase

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The Belgian now looks set to join Burnley this summer.

Celtic have reportedly given up in their pursuit of Belgian striker Jelle Vossen, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The report, as relayed by the BBC, claims that Celtic are no longer keen on the Genk striker as they are not willing to pay the asking price the Belgian side have placed on the player.

Instead it looks as though recently relegated Burnley might get their hands on the player, with Celtic sure to now turn their attentions fully to the acquisition of Nadir Ciftci from league rivals Dundee United.

It was reported midway through last month that Celtic were keen on the 26-year-old forward – who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough.

The Scottish Sun claimed that Celtic were readying a £2 million bid for the player, but it would now seem such a sum was deemed as overpaying for the attacker.

Vossen scored nine goals in 42 appearances for Boro last season as they just came up short in their hunt for Premier League promotion.

Celtic seem to be making a wise choice in letting Vossen go. The Belgian is a good player but his goal return for Boro last season was poor and an indicator of the fact that he would not be a free-flowing goal-getter in Scottish football.

Ciftci seems a more affordable and potent target. If Celtic can get their hands on him, the Vossen pursuit should become long forgotten.

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