Sport Mohamed Elyounoussi completes Celtic return as winger agrees new loan deal
Mohamed Elyounoussi makes Celtic training return as £16m Southampton winger's transfer status remains unclear
The Norway international was put through his paces at Lennoxtown as he returned to Lennoxtown with his loan deal set to expire in the coming weeks. His parent club are putting the finishing touches on their Premier League return preparations but the Norwegian winger was back in Glasgow where he spent the 19/20 season. Neil Lennon is a huge admirer of the wide man who netted seven times in 20 appearances from the left wing. The 25-year-old was flying before an pre-Christmas injury put the buffers on an all-action start to life in Glasgow.
Celtic have confirmed thathas returned to the club on a season-long loan deal.
The 25-year-old joined the Hoops on a temporary deal fromlast summer and quickly became a fan favourite.
The Norwegian international offered creativity and goals after getting up to peak fitness and hit the target seven times in a blistering eight-game spell before his campaign was curtailed by a foot injury.
Despite interest from La Liga outfit Real Betis, Elyounoussi has opted for a return to Scotland for a second term in Glasgow having spent 2019/20 with’s squad at Parkhead.
Mohamed Elyounoussi to extend his loan move for one more season
Mohamed Elyounoussi has decided to extend his loan move to Celtic for one more season, and the deal is almost complete, with just paperwork left to be processed. As per a report from Arilas Ould-Saada, the International football correspondent for Norwegian media VG and VGTV, Elyounoussi has decided to stay with the Hoops for the 2020/21 campaign at it looks like Southampton have agreed to the deal too. The Norwegian spent the 2019/20 season on loan with the Hoops and after a bright start, he suffered an injury and even though he got himself back fit to play, the time on the sideline seemed to have hampered his performances.
The capture of the 25-year-old is a major boost for the manager having pinpointed the winger as a key summer target.
Elyounoussi, whose initial loan spell expired last night, sparkled during the opening months of hiscareer after sealing a first short-term switch last August.
The club confirmed: "Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that Mohamed Elyounoussi has signed a new season-long loan with the Scottish Champions. The Norwegian internationalist spent last season with the Hoops on loan from Southampton, playing his part in the club’s nine-in-a-row title success.
"The 25-year-old made his debut in a 1-0 win away to Hamilton Accies back in September last year, while he netted the first of seven Celtic goals in a UEFA Europa League group-stage victory over CFR Cluj at Celtic Park.
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"He also scored doubles in the 6-0 home win over Ross County and the 5-2 League Cup semi-final win over Hibernian, and he picked up two medals with Neil Lennon’s side last season – the League Cup and the Premiership. And the attacker was part of the first ever Celtic side to win a competitive match in Italy, when the Hoops beat Lazio 2-1 in Rome.
"Celtic fans will be delighted that Moi has returned to Paradise for the 2020/21 season, ready to play his part in what will be a momentous campaign ahead."
Having sealed a move for Elyounoussi, Celtic chiefs will remain in discussions with Southampton as they now look to also take Fraser Forster back to the club following his own spell last term.
The goalkeeper has two years of his contract to run at St Mary’s, but Lennon is hopeful of landing the 32-year-old for at least another one season after the England international played a key role in last term’s title success.
Celtic consider loan move for Newcastle's Freddie Woodman .
Celtic are interested in signing up Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this summer, according to a report in The Chronicle. Neil Lennon revealed in an interview earlier this week that the Hoops had an agreement in place with Southampton to keep Fraser Forster at the club, but the goalkeeper backed out of the deal at the last minute, meaning The Hoops now have to explore other options. Joe Hart has been linked with a move to Celtic, and there have been talks between the club and the player, but no agreements have been made. Celtic are exploring a few different options and one of those is seemingly Woodman.