Celtic are reportedly looking to bring in a new striker during the January transfer window to take some of the goalscoring burden off Leigh Griffiths, and their latest rumoured target is Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi.
According to Danish newspaper BT, the Scottish champions are one of a number of European clubs weighing up a move for the former FC Copenhagen forward, and his recent exploits across the pond suggest that he could well prove a big hit at Parkhead.
The 25-year-old Nigerian originally joined the Timbers from Copenhagen in May 2014 on an initial loan deal which later became permanent and has since establish himself as one of the top finishers in MLS, netting a club-record 25 times in 57 regular season appearances.
His form through his first 12 months in the States proved somewhat erratic as he adjusted to the league’s arduous travel schedule, but the 6ft 4in front man found his feet over the second half of 2015 to prove instrumental in helping Portland win their first-ever MLS Cup title, finishing the campaign with 18 goals in 39 games thanks to a late-season surge.
As well using his size and strength to victimise opposition defenders, the former Under-23 international’s imposing presence up top freed up vital space for star man Darlington Nagbe to work his creative magic in the final third, while his intelligent movement off the ball and deceptive speed was also on show throughout their successful post-season run.
Bhoys boss Ronny Deila is seemingly after a striker who can pose a physical threat alongside the free-scoring Griffiths, and while Carlton Cole has filled that role since his October arrival, some more competition up top would not go amiss given both the Englishman's minimal impact so far and Nadir Cifti’s on-going struggles.
The Norwegian had previously been considering a move for Aston Villa’s formerly out-of-favour Libor Kozak, but the Czech Republic international is now back in the first-team picture with the claret and blues and believed to be off the market.
Adi would certainly be a fine alternative with his renowned hold-up play and athleticism, and with BT's report claiming that £2.5 million could be enough to tempt the Timbers into selling, his signature would not break the bank either.
Whether he would be able to secure a work permit is another matter, but if the Hoops want a goalscorer with Champions League experience, a knack for adapting to new environments and existing upside, the towering Nigeria could be their man.