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Sports News of Friday, 24 November 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Celtic facing Turkish competition for Patrick Twumasi

Scottish side Celtic will have to battle with Turkish club Bursaspor to sign Ghana striker Patrick Twumasi from Kazakh side Astana.

The striker has re-emerged on the radar of Turkish Super Lig side ahead of the winter transfer window with Celtic also now keen on a move for the star.

Twumasi, who has been a standout performer for Astana, is one of the hottest players in Europe ahead of the opening of the transfer window in January.

Bursaspor will up their bid for the striker after Astana rejected an initial offer for the hugely talented striker during the summer transfer window

The Ghanaian, valued at €1.2 million, has scored important goals for Astana in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this season.

His contract runs out until June 2019.

Celtic coach Rodgers could look to bolster his attacking options by making a move for Twumasi in January.

Rodgers did supplement his squad with the loan capture of Paris Saint-Germain youngster Odsonne Edouard during the summer, but the French starlet has yet to make an impact at Celtic despite scoring on his debut.

And although Celtic possess an option to turn the loan into a permanent deal, it looks likely at this stage that Rodgers will allow Edouard to return to his parent club and pursue other options, with Twumasi thought to be top of the list.

Twumasi is a pacy forward, who can play up top or out wide, and fits the bill for Rodgers.

Since signing on a permanent basis for the Blue and Yellows in 2015, Twumasi has bagged 43 goals in 122 matches and signed a new two-year deal in July.

But Celtic could look to test Astana’s resolve with a January bid for the Ghana international.