As we enter day #11 of the January transfer window, there have been no new arrivals at Celtic Park.
This has been incredibly frustrating for supporters as some early activity was expected, especially considering the fact that Brendan Rodgers and Callum McGregor had both emphasised following Celtic’s defeat to Hearts a number of weeks ago the need for some real quality players to be added.
Meanwhile, there have been some outgoings, with Yosuke Ideguchi moving on to Vissel Kobe, and Nat Phillips returning to Liverpool. More could be following this pair if reports are to be believed, but why are Celtic taking so long to get business done?
It seemed like Celtic may have changed their approach for this January window, but things seem to be moving incredibly slowly.
There is the inevitable speculation, as is always the case around Celtic, and here are the latest names to be linked with a move to the club:
Several sources have reported that Celtic have sent over an offer for Rapid Vienna’s German attacker, Nicolas Kühn.
A versatile attacker, Kühn can play across the wide areas as well as being deployed as a striker, with the 24-year-old racking up seven goals and three assists in 22 Austrian Bundesliga appearances this season.
With Oh Hyeon-gyu, Yang Hyun-jun, Marco Tilio and Daizen Maeda heading off to the Asian Cup, Celtic could use some extra attacking reinforcements and it looks like Kühn could be an option for Celtic, as they plan for the second half of the season.
The fact that Rapid Vienna are already looking for a replacement for the attacker suggests that a move to Celtic is likely and it would take a bid of around £3million to prise him away from the Austrian club, but Celtic will face competition from clubs in Italy.
It has been reported that, after making initial contact for the 22-year-old’s services, Celtic haven’t been back in touch with the Portuguese side since around November.
Commanding an asking price of around £4million, Estoril Praia would like to have a replacement lined up as they see interest in Araujo also coming from Serie A.
A former teammate of Paulo Bernardo at Benfica, hopefully the midfielder can get in his teammate’s ear as Celtic look to provide some desperately-overdue competition for Greg Taylor at left-back.
Another player Celtic have been consistently linked with following a rejected bid in the summer transfer window, Mathias Kvistgaarden has remained in good form in the Danish Superliga this season.
The forward’s asking price has now been revealed, with Brondby demanding a £7.5million fee for the Danish under-21 international, a fee that dwarfs the £4million bid that Celtic saw rejected back in the summer.
With Kyogo Furuhashi not being called up to the Asian Cup, the demand for a new striker isn’t as desperate as it once looked, so it is unlikely Celtic will fork out the moneybeing demanded by the Danish club.
The international break is back underway and, without Celtic in action for the next week, the transfer rumours are beginning to fly around with the club being linked with a number of players as well as updates on previously linked players beginning to resurface.
JAMES MCKENZIE // Follow James HERE