Rodgers' smart re-think? Report claims Celtic bid for Fabio Sturgeon after previous denials

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Conflicting reports are emerging about Celtic's interest in winger Fabio Sturgeon.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Celtic have submitted a bid for Belenenses winger Fabio Sturgeon – despite claims from The Express that the Bhoys aren't interested.

The Bhoys have made just the one January move so far, as Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue has joined the club from Krasnodar, pending a work permit being granted.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesBelenenses winger Fabio Sturgeon (R) in action against Benfica

Whilst Celtic are coasting to the title, having dropped just two points so far this season, manager Brendan Rodgers may still be keen on new additions.

Earlier this week, The Express reported that Celtic weren't pursuing a deal for Belenenses winger Fabio Sturgeon – but Portuguese press are adamant that the Bhoys have made a bid.

Newspaper Record report that Celtic have submitted an offer worth just shy of £700,000, and the wide man could head to Glasgow after a long-term pursuit from manager Rodgers.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Back in October 2014, The Mirror reported that Rodgers was keen to take Sturgeon to Liverpool, but the conflicting reports about Celtic's interest mean that it's unclear whether a deal will actually go through this month.

A skilful right-sided winger who can also play up front, Sturgeon has hit two goals and one assist this season, and if Rodgers has had a re-think about his interest in the player, it could be a smart move.

With Patrick Roberts scheduled to return to Manchester City at the end of the season, another right-sided winger will be needed in his place, and landing Sturgeon now would give him time to settle in before Roberts leaves, and before the Champions League qualifiers start.

At 22, Sturgeon is already talented but still has real potential, and he fits into Celtic's strategy of signing cheap youngsters with the intention of selling them on for great profit; at just £700,000, Sturgeon is certainly worth a gamble from Rodgers, but it remains to be seen whether Celtic really are interested in signing him.

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