Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic have been turned down in their attempts to sign Vakoun Issouf Bayo from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda, the European club have confirmed.

The Bhoys have been challenged in their attempt to defend their title by rivals Rangers, which makes January a big month for Brendan Rodgers and the board of directors at Celtic Park.

One area where Celtic will be desperate to strengthen at some point during the transfer window is up front, where they are currently drastically short of numbers.

After the Bhoys allowed Moussa Dembele to leave in the summer, they are left with just Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths as striking options, but the latter is currently on compassionate leave to deal with some personal problems.

Rodgers knows that with Celtic still competing for three trophies, his side are not going to be able to cope very well if they don’t make additions in the forward areas.

The Bhoys have already been linked with PSG attacker Timothy Weah, but they appear to also have their attentions on Bayo, who even at the age of 21 is already a fully-fledged Ivory Coast international.

Celtic are said to have launched a bid of £1.8 million for the striker, who has found the back of the net 18 times in 23 appearances for his club.

Despite rejecting the Bhoys’ offer, Dunajska Streda’s sporting director Jan Van Daele has confirmed he is open to further negotiations regarding a possible move.

“We confirm we have received a bid from Celtic but refused the bid as it did not match our expectations.” Sky Sports quote him as saying.

“We are in direct contact with Celtic club officials and we are open to negotiate with Celtic.”

The forward is also said to have attracted interest from Rapid Vienna and Serie A side Parma, so if the Bhoys are to sign him they will need to get moving with discussions, and agree a deal as quickly as possible.

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