A report in Football Insider has claimed that Leeds United are preparing a monster £10-12m bid for Celtic striker, Leigh Griffiths.
The former Dundee, Wolverhampton Wanders and Hibernian forward has been the subject of recent transfer speculation after Neil Lennon secured Polish prospect Patryk Klimala for £3.5m to bolster his attacking options.
It had looked as though Griffiths would be out the door, however, he started – and scored – in the Hoops 2-1 Scottish Cup victory over Partick Thistle on Wednesday evening and now looks even more focussed on being Odsonne Edouard’s back-up and Lennon’s go-to man when his side needs a goal.
The 29-year-old has had to play second fiddle since Edouard’s arrival on a permanent deal in 2018 – following his successful loan spell the previous season – and had Moussa Dembele to contend with before that. Lennon played with two strikers against Partick and there may yet be a greater opportunity for game time should he persevere with this formation.
Griffiths hasn’t had his troubles to seek over the last 18-months and Celtic would do well to secure anywhere near the figure being reported by Football Insider given that he isn’t a regular starter any more and because he has just 10 goals in 39 appearances over the last couple of seasons.
If he is fully fit, Griffiths will likely become a transfer target in the closing days of the window with clubs knowing his position in the Celtic striking department, Lennon has already dismissed speculation linking him with a move to his old club Hibs but a bid if Leeds were to bid even half of what is being reported it would be a hard deal to turn down with a squad player approaching their thirties.
What would you sell Leigh Griffiths for?
Chalk this one up as speculation with the likelihood that Griffiths will still be at Paradise when the window closes as Lennon looks to increase pressure on Rangers in the quest for 9-in-a-row and a continuation of their domestic dominance.