Darren Bent called for Celtic to sign attacker Mohammed Elyounoussi on a permanent basis from Southampton after his price tag was reported.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England striker admitted he liked how the Hoops and Rangers have started to regularly recruit talented players from the Premier League.

It was recently reported that with Southampton wanting to cut their losses and move on from Elyounoussi, all Celtic needed to do to sign him was shell out £9million.

The Saints paid £16million to sign the 25-year-old winger from FC Basel in July 2018 before loaning him to the Hoops for the current campaign.

Bent admitted £9million would be a bargain price to pay for Elyounoussi and urged Neil Lennon’s side to snap the Saints’ hand off as a result.

When asked if Elyounoussi is a bargain at £9million given how much Southampton paid, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah it could be and I’m all for that.

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“I think it’s a bargain, I would snap their hand off.

“Also I like that Celtic and Rangers try to get the best players to Scotland now, but I also like how they try to take players to the next level.

“They shop in the Premier League and try to recruit talented players, and I’ve played with players who have featured for Celtic and they say it’s unbelievable to play for them.

“And if I was Celtic I would snap their hand off.”

Elyounoussi has featured 13 times for the Hoops this season while on loan, scoring seven goals and registered six assists.

The Norway international is currently stuck on the sidelines with the Hoops due to a foot injury.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara urges Premier League player who Lennon admires to take a pay cut to seal a move.