Celtic appear to be involved in a three team game of poker to bring in the striker that Neil Lennon has identified as his transfer priority.
Slovan Bratislava were first out the traps to declare Celtic’s aggressive interest before Christmas but more than three weeks later it seems that Sporting Lisbon are at least as keen on the 25 year-old striker.
The Slovakian side appear to be holding out for 7m euros, a few days ago Patryk Klimala was linked with Celtic with the clarity of a 4m euros get out clause in his contract with Polish side Jagiellonia.
After interest from Celtic emerges there seems to be a guessing game of what happens next followed by a new target emerging with that cycle repeating.
On Friday afternoon Polish site przegladsportowy reported:
Today, nothing really depends on Jaga. If an interested person appears, pays four million euros to their account and communicates with Klimaa, only an accountant from Bia?ystok can rub his hands. If the transaction took place, it would be the highest transfer in the history of Jagiellonia. Celtic was the first to quickly get to the point, but at some point he withdrew from the race for a representative of Polish youth. Seemingly! Our findings show that the Scots have come back to the game very strongly and it cannot be ruled out that they will finalize the transfer in their own way in the coming days.
This morning The Sun reports that Yonatan Cohen of Maccabi Tel Aviv being watched by Nick Hammond within the last week.
The days of keeping transfer business quiet until all is done and dusted appears to be over as clubs and agents go public to smoke out other interest.
Next Saturday Celtic face Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup, a new striker shouldn’t be required to beat the Jags but the sooner the better there is back up for Odsonne Edouard as far tougher tests lie ahead with a trip to Rugby Park just 11 days away.