By Danny Wright
Celtic are eyeing up a swoop for Dnipro forward Artem Dovbyk in the January transfer window as he reaches the end of his contract, according to a report.
Ukrainian news outlet Tribuna claims that Dovbyk, 20, will be out of contract after his deal expires on December 31, but the Hoops are locked in a transfer tussle with Bundesliga side Augsburg, who also want the striker.
Dovbyck has been in hot form for Dnipro this season after their first ever relegation from the Ukrainian top-flight last term that came due to a point deduction caused by debt.
He has averaged a goal-a-game by netting 12 times in 12 Ukrainian Second League appearances but it poised to leave within weeks when his deal ends.
Celtic have three solid options up front but Brendan Rodgers may be worried about potentially losing Moussa Dembele who has been widely reported to have been attracting interest from south of the border and across Europe.
Football Insider Verdict
Dovbyck looks like an interesting talent, but he could be a risky player to try and pick up. Not many Ukranians have come over to the British Isles and performed well. Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin come to mind for having awful spells in the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. However as a free agent and a potential fourth option up front, it could be a good piece of business from Rodgers and his scouting team. The Bundesliga may be an attractive option for Dovbyck though and Augbsurg, although little-known, are on the up and could tempt the striker with the chance to play regularly against some of Europe’s biggest teams. The lack of appeal for the Scottish Premiership may harm Celtic in trying to get this deal done.
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