Celtic supremo Neil Lennon refuses to confirm an interest in the signing of Heerenveen forward Alfred Finnbogason, in spite of heightening speculation surrounding the player’s future plans.
The Glasgow giants are desperate to add firepower to their forward line following the sale of primary danger-man Gary Hooper to Norwich City this summer.
Losing a goalscorer of Hooper’s calibre is a huge blow and due to the club’s efforts to reach the Champions League group stages once again, Lennon is fully aware of the urgent requirement to replace a man who banged in a remarkable 82 goals from 138 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops.
Reports suggest 24-year-old Finnbogason is at the very top of Lennon’s shopping list after he managed 28 strikes for Heerenveen last season. The Icelandic international appears ready-made for Celtic, but only if the price is right; the club won’t be too keen to shell-out more than the £5million they received from City.
Whoever arrives in place of Hooper has a big task on their hands to fill his boots, but it’s a sterling opportunity for someone to represent a massive club in the most glittering club competition of them all.