West Ham make contact over £12m-rated striker on Celtic radar - report
By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United have approached French side Lorient about striker Abdul Majeed Waris this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers have enquired about the 25-year-old as they look to add more attacking options to their squad this summer.
The newspaper reports that fellow Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion and Burnley have also made an enquiry for the versatile forward who is valued at £12million, while Celtic are also credited with an interest.
This follows up from a report in the Mail which claimed that SPL champions Celtic were considering a move for the striker in the transfer window.
The Ghanian enjoyed a fine second campaign with the French outfit last season, contributing 11 goals and four assists in all competitions.
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However, he was unable to prevent them from being relegated to the second division last season.
The forward has also demonstrated that he can deliver on the international stage, notching up a total of four goals in 25 appearances for the Ghana national team.
Waris’ current contract with the French outfit runs out in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
Although Waris has proven that he deserves to be playing with a top-flight side this season, signing him would still be a massive gamble for both Celtic and West Ham. Celtic do seem a bit short in the striker department but once Moussa Dembele returns from injury, they should have enough to dominate domestically. Having made an enquiry for the striker, the Hammers appear to be serious in their pursuit and with a number of English clubs involved in the race for his signature, Celtic should really take a step back and end their interest. Goals haven’t appeared to be a problem at the start of the campaign for the Hoops, therefore they don’t need to panic buy before the window shuts.
In other Celtic news, the odds have been slashed on the Scottish giants signing a West Ham big-money player.