Celtic boss Ronny Deila is looking to bring in a new striker this month, with plans to provide cover for Leigh Griffiths.
Nadir Ciftci has not had the impact at Parkhead that many expected following his summer arrival from Dundee United, and Deila wants another forward at the club who provides an aerial and physical threat in the final third.
This is where Sebastien Haller comes in, following his excellent year with Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.
A French Under-21 international, Haller joined Utrecht on loan last January, before signing a permanent contract with the club in the summer, and in the calendar year of 2015 the forward netted 25 goals in 35 games for the club.
A product of Auxerre’s academy, he struggled to have the same impact there before leaving, but since moving to the Netherlands he has expelled.
Whilst not overly fast or technical, he is exceptionally strong on the ball and possess a powerful jump and heading ability. He is fantastic at holding play up, and is a certain upgrade on Ciftci, whilst retaining the same key traits in style of play.
Haller is different enough from Griffiths to be a viable second option, but talented enough to lead Deila’s starting XI in his own right.
Delia’s arrival at Celtic has coincided with the completion of some poor transfer business, but signing Haller would be a move of great quality, and one that will prove the Bhoys are ready use their reputation to full effect in bringing players to Parkhead.