MACCABI TEL AVIV are preparing to launch a £1.5million bid for Celtic’s struggling striker Stefan Scepovic.The Israeli champions’ new Serbian coach Slavisa Jokanovic is eyeing a swoop for his compatriot who has been frozen out by Ronny Deila, who paid £2.3million for him from Sporting Gijon last summer.
Celtic Quick News broke the news on Tuesday that Scepovic was being watched by Spanish trio Real Valladolid, Getafe and his former side Gijon.
But Maccabi are ready to jump to the head of the queue for the misfiring marksman who scored only six goals in 25 appearances for the Hoops last season.
The Israeli outfit have big plans that are being funded by wealthy Canadian owner Mitch Goldhar.Having moved to the brink of the Champions League group stage with a 2-2 draw at Basel in the first leg of their play-off, signings are set to be made and Scepovic is on their radar.
Jokanovic, who led Watford to promotion to the English top flight before his summer sacking, is putting his own stamp on Maccabi and is aware of his Scepovic’s situation with the SPFL champions.
The 25-year-old struggled for games last term and the arrival of Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United for £1.3m in the summer was another setback.
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Deila is currently on the lookout for strikers and Parkhead scouts have watched Mali striker Moussa Marega.Representatives are understood to have assessed the Maritimo attacker in a Portuguese League match against Uniao de Madeira last weekend.
Marega, 24, joined the club only a year ago from Esperance de Tunis, having previously played in France.