Celtic are keen on landing a former Wigan Athletic striker Franco Di Santo, according to reports. There is heavy interest in Moussa Dembele from clubs across Europe, so the Parkhead side are seeking viable replacements.
Di Santo used to feature at the highest level in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic. The Argentine is one of the key people Celtic are looking at amongst the list of names they have put together, an insider says. The club want to keep Dembele until the end of the season at the very least but if the club has to sell him, Franco would be the man they look towards.
Di Santo, 28, has played 19 games in the Bundesliga this term. He moved to Werder Bremen after Wigan were dumped from the top flight in England. He played five years in England, initially with Chelsea and then going out on a loan deal to Blackburn Rovers before a better spell with the Latics, where he helped us reach the FA Cup Final, which was the most over-subscribed Wigan match ever according to the guys at Livefootballtickets!
He spent three years at Wigan, helping them to decent achievements during the time. He was an unused sub though when Wigan shocked Manchester City to lift the FA Cup. As Wigan relegated that summer, he moved to Germany but he could move back to Britain if this deal goes through. He has been decent for Schalke 04 since joining them in 2015. After his free transfer move to Werder, he played two seasons before moving to Schalke for €6 million. His current market value is less than half that price now.
There are concerns that the former Wigan man would not excel as such in the Scottish Premiership. He has reached double figures in all competitions just once in his entire goalscoring career. After 50 games for Schalke, he has netted only four times in the league. It is enough to be worried if he can fill Dembele’s shoes.