Celtic now look unlikely to re-sign Timothy Weah from Paris Saint-Germain, with news coming out of France that he is set to make a permanent move away from the club.
According to French football writer Rich Allen, the American striker is closing in on a permanent move to join Lille.
Lille enjoyed a brilliant season during the 2018/19 campaign, finishing second in Ligue 1, 16 points behind PSG, highlighting the gulf in class throughout the division.
A first-team spot at PSG was always considered unlikely for Weah in the near future, but fans may be surprised to see the French giants cash in on him so quickly after a short period at Celtic.
Weah impressed with the Hoops and left supporters hoping that he could be re-signed this summer to add to the club’s attacking options next season.
It took him a while to settle in and really get going in Scotland, which is why many were hoping he could perhaps enjoy a full season on loan with the Hoops.
Alternative strikers that Celtic could target
The Bournemouth striker is believed to be on Celtic’s radar as they seek reinforcement up front.
Neal Maupay is ready for the step up after impressing at Brentford but could be too expensive amid interest from the Premier League.
Despite missing out on Weah, the club could look to re-sign Oliver Burke from West Brom, after his featured as a striker as well as out wide during his loan spell.
Eamonn Brophy is coming off the back of a great season with Kilmarnock and could be a risk-free squad option for Celtic.