Celtic should consider Southampton's Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan

Mohamed Elyounoussi during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on February 07, 2019 in Southampton, England.

Celtic have been linked with a move for Yannick Bolasie, but his wages may be a stumbling block for the Hoops.

Clinton Mata of Club Brugge and Yannick Bolasie of Anderlecht fight for the ball during the Jupiler Pro League play-off 1 match (day 6) between Club Brugge and Rsc Anderlecht at Jan...

It was reported by Goal at the weekend that Celtic were one of the teams interested in signing Yannick Bolasie for the coming season with Everton ready to let the winger go. 

The report suggested that Bolasie turned down the chance to join CSKA Moscow on an initial loan deal that would have included a £5 million option to buy - and it is hinted that similar terms may be enough for one of the interested sides to get a deal done.

 

One major stumbling block however, looks set to be Bolasie's wages, with Goal reporting that he earns £80,000-a-week at Goodison Park. The Toffees will surely be bracing themselves to cover some of those wages, but it would not be a surprise if his contract left Celtic somewhat hesitant about pursuing a deal.

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Bolasie could be a devastating signing in the Scottish Premiership if Neil Lennon is able to get the best out of him. But there are no guarantees given that the 30-year-old has had a nightmare time with injury since moving to Merseyside and struggled to impress during a spell at Aston Villa last season. He did however, make a positive impact when he joined Anderlecht on loan.

Neil Lennon, manger of Celtic gestures from the touch line during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying round 1st Leg match between Celtic v Nomme Kalju FC at Celtic Park on July 24,...

So if Lennon is determined to strengthen his wide options before the window closes, perhaps he needs to consider alternative targets. And that should tempt the Bhoys boss to look at Southampton ace Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Elyounoussi has struggled since arriving at St Mary's for £16 million (fee reported by BBC Sport). But his record before his move to the Premier League was outstanding, and a loan could be ideal for all parties as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to recoup as much money for the Norway international as possible.

TV2 reports that Leeds United missed out on a loan deal for Elyounoussi due to his wage demands - £60,000-a-week, according to Spotrac - so it would appear that he is available on a temporary basis this summer.

Mohamed Elyounoussi during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on February 07, 2019 in Southampton, England.

If that is the case, Celtic must consider making a move. His wages are likely to be more manageable for the Hoops, and he arguably has the potential to make an even more significant impact in Scotland. 

He can play anywhere in the forward line, and could even bolster Celtic's options up front. And by letting him to head to Parkhead on loan, Southampton are handing Elyounoussi the platform to put himself in the shop window and perhaps secure a permanent move elsewhere for a substantial fee next summer. 

Signing Bolasie would be a real statement of intent for Celtic if they could pull a deal off. But perhaps Elyounoussi would be the signing who would be more likely to prove to be a game-changing addition for the Hoops this summer. 

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