Would Celtic only be a stepping stone for Premier League target Richmond Boakye?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in Paris, France.

Richmond Boakye is not short of offers with Celtic among the wide variety of teams aiming to pluck him from Red Star Belgrade.

Richmond Boakye of FK Crvena Zvezda shoots during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and Crvena Zvezda at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2017 in London, United...

Another day and another club has steamed into the race to sign Richmond Boakye.

According to Belgian publication DH, an Everton side desperate for a prolific goalscorer have unsurprisingly identified one of the most in-form forwards in Europe as a primary target in the January transfer window.

Boakye has been simply unstoppable since moving to Red Star Belgrade in January from Serie B side Latina. He has tallied 43 goals for club and country in 2017 and has 25 in 27 games this season alone.

The Mail reported in October, however, that Everton will be facing competition from Swansea City, Crystal Palace and even Premier League champions Chelsea. The former Juventus prospect even told Tuttomercatoweb at the weekend that he would be open to working with Antonio Conte again.

Richmond Boakye of Crvena Zvezda in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal FC at Rajko Mitic Stadium on October 19, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The chances of Celtic luring the Ghanaian international to Parkhead in January, then, appear to be diminishing all the time. The Mail added that Celtic are interested and it appears that strikers are indeed on the club’s New Year wishlist.

Stepping stone?

But with a chance to move to the Premier League offering Boakye greater exposure and, more than likely, a greater pay-packet, Boakye should be aware that first-team football would be far from guaranteed at the likes of Chelsea.

And the step up from Serbia’s top flight to the Premier League is obviously quite substantial. So, while Celtic fans may take issue to their club being seen as a stepping stone, Rodgers himself admitted that the Scottish champions can provide a platform for unproven talents to show that they belong at a higher level, per the Daily Record.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk and, most recently, Moussa Dembele, arrived at Parkhead from a lesser league and impressed to such an extent that a big move to the Premier League seemed inevitable.

Boakye, then, should perhaps bide his time and choose Celtic instead – where he will get the chance to prove he is a perfect fit for the British game.

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