Exclusive: £60K-a-wk PL star tells pals he wants to sign for Celtic, £8m may seal deal

Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has told friends he is keen on re-signing for Celtic, Football Insider understands.

The 25-year-old spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Parkhead and made a big early impact before suffering a foot injury.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Elyounoussi is open to a transfer this summer as he does not want to be on the fringes at St Mary’s Stadium.

He would be open to joining Celtic full-time although his £60,000-a-week Saints wages represent a major hurdle for the Scottish giants.

Neil Lennon is a big admirer of Elyounoussi and is keen to take him back but the manager’s priority is tying up a permanent deal or new loan for Fraser Forster, another 2019-20 Hoops star on Southampton’s books.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic face competition for Elyounoussi from Real Sociedad.

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The La Liga high flyers are keeping close tabs on the Norway international winger as Southampton prepare to listen to offers for him.

The Premier League club have previously told Celtic it would take £8-10million to land the winger permanently.

However, that was before the Covid-19 pandemic turned football’s finances upside down and both his suitors may press for a cheaper deal.

There are set to be extensive negotiations this summer between Celtic and Southampton over multiple deals, including Fraser Forster and Olivier Ntcham.

Elyounoussi ended his loan spell at Parkhead in the official SPFL team of the season, with his outstanding early efforts – seven goals and six assists in 15 games before November – enough to seal the left-wing slot.

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has told Football Insider how Peter Lawwell is spearheading player exodus above the head of his friend Neil Lennon.