Alan Hutton has claimed Mohamed Elyounoussi has not done enough at Celtic Park to warrant a £10million permanent move this summer.
The former Rangers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested performances coupled with the cost of signing the 25-year-old will deter Neil Lennon from pursuing a summer deal.
Elyounoussi joined the Hoops on a season-long loan deal from Southampton last August but despite a promising start has struggled to establish himself in the starting XI.
The winger has scored seven goals and provided six assists in 20 appearances this campaign.
Fraser Forster also made a temporary move from St. Mary’s to Parkhead and Hutton insisted any available funds would be better spent acquiring the 32-year-old than the £10million Football Insider has been told Southampton want for Elyounoussi.
“He has done well and he is an exciting player,” he told Football Insider.
“At the start of the season, he got the bums off seats and got the crowd going but then he fell away a wee bit. He had an injury.
“It is a player that is going to come with a big price tag and high wages so has he done enough to warrant that? I am not so sure.
“I think Forster is different because he has been one of their main players all season and you could justify paying money for him.
“Elyounoussi has been a good player but I cannot see Celtic being willing to splash out big money. He started well but has tailed off.”
Elyounoussi has three years left on his current deal at Southampton and having paid £16million for his services two years ago they would likely want to recoup most of that fee.
A deal would, therefore, likely surpass the current record transfer fee of £9million paid for Odsonne Edouard in June 2018.
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