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CELTIC EYE £4.5m STRIKER

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CELTIC are monitoring Paris FC’s £4.5million-rated striker Silas Wamangituka.

Neil Lennon watched the DR Congo frontman against Valenciennes on Monday night, according to a report in the Sun.

Wamangituka is attracting interest from several top French clubs, Italian outfit Fiorentina and an German side SV Hamburg after an impressive debut season in Ligue 2.

The 19-year-old attacker has claimed nine goals in his first campaign as a professional, but was out of luck in the scoreless encounter against Valenciennes at the start of the week.

Lennon has insisted a new striker is a priority for the champions in the summer with Oliver Burke poised to return to Championship side West Brom when his loan deal expires in June.

Wamangituka only joined Paris FC last summer after a season with French fifth-tier outfit Ales.

SUPPORT ACT…Odsonne Edouard needs some assistance in the Celtic frontline.

The powerful frontman came through the Black Mountain Sport Academy after being spotted playing on the streets of Congo as a kid.

The teenager still has two years left on his deal, but the Ligue 2 side are expected to cash in on him this summer.

Agent Olivier Belesi confirmed Wamangituka has several options. He said: “We are a team working on a daily basis for his well-being.

“We are here to protect him from sharks and opportunists, to preserve him from all temptations.”

It is obvious £10million man Odsonne Edouard needs someone to take the strain off up front and Lennon hopes Leigh Griffiths, who has been out for five months with personal issues, will make a return before the current campaign comes to a halt.

And there has been disappointment over Vakoun Issouf Bayo who arrived in a £2million switch from Slovakian football in the January transfer window.

The Ivory Coast international played only five minutes of first team football in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in February before being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

American Timothy Weah is also also ready to leave Parkhead to return to Paris Saint-Germain when his temporary contract runs out, but there is hope he will come back in a similar basis in the new campaign.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report from Celtic v Kilmarnock this afternoon – only in your champion CQN.

 
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