Celtic have confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast forward Vakoun Issouf Bayo on a four-year deal.
The 21-year-old joins from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda for an undisclosed fee – although the deal is subject to Bayo passing a medical and gaining a work permit.
He becomes Brendan Rodgers’ third signing of the January transfer window following the loan arrivals of Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah.
Prior to the deal, Bhoys legend Lubomir Moravcik claimed the 21-year-old would achieve great thinks at Celtic Park, but would use the move as a stepping stone.
He even likened the hitman’s move to that of former striker Moussa Dembele.
“When Moussa Dembele came to Celtic he was nobody,” Moravick told the Evening Times. “After two years he moved to Lyon for £20million.
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“I think Bayo can do the same – come from nowhere, play well at Celtic and then move on to a top club in England or elsewhere in Europe.”
Describing the type of player Bayo is, Moravcik added: “He has done very well. He is a good player, a good striker, and he has scored a few goals in the Slovakian league this season. I think he is ready to play well in Scotland.
“He has a lot of good qualities – he is 6ft tall, can cope with the physical side of the game, is a very good header of the ball, is quick enough and technically is excellent. It is a good idea for Celtic to target him.”
Bayo has scored 18 goals in just 23 matches this season – including three in four Europa League qualifying games.