Celtic striker target to leave for European club this week - reports
By Harvey Byrne
Nigerian teenager Stephen Odey will leave African outfit MFM FC for Rusian side FC Krasnodar this week, according to a report.
All Nigeria Soccer had previously claimed that the 19-year-old striker was a Celtic target and that he will travel to Glasgow to undergo a ‘medical evaluation’ as part of a trial.
However, OwnGoalNigeria have now quoted a club source stating that “he will leave for Russia before the end of the week,” while he is also unavailable to join Celtic as he doesn’t yet qualify for a work permit.
“We read these things and laugh over it. So far only Kuban Krasnodar have been in touch officially. They sent us a mail which contained an offer for Odey. So I wonder where talks about Celtic came from,” told a “club source” to OwnGoalNigeria.
“FC Copenhagen offered to have him on trail, through an agent but his manager said Odey won’t be going for any trials. Talking about Celtic those peddling the rumours should know that Odey is not qualified for a work permit yet.
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“He will leave for Russia before the end of the week. He is going for negotiations with FK Krasnodar and that has been agreed on by the management, so for now that is our stand.”
Odey, 19, is highly rated in Africa and is currently leading the scoring charts in the Nigeria Professional Football League having found the net 14 times for his club.
He is also being considered for a debut call-up to the senior Nigeria squad at his young age.
The Hoops currently have Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths playing as their strikers and Brendan Rodgers may be looking to add further firepower and young legs to his side in the summer.
However, despite Odey not being available for a work permit Celtic may remain interested in reported target and fellow Nigerian youngster Henry Onyekuru, who is already playing in Europe with Belgian outfit Eupen.
In other Celtic transfer news, a Hoops chief has jetted out on a scouting mission to watch 21-year-old star.