LASK Linz winger Husein Balic has played down the prospect of a potential move during the January transfer window. The Austrian has been linked with a transfer to Celtic, Southampton and Brentford in the English media recently.
It is believed that his current club could be open to selling the 24-year-old for around £2.8m but when asked whether he knew anything about a transfer, Balic said he hasn’t heard anything other than what he has seen in the press:
“I also read that in the media. We need to wait and see how much truth there is in all this, that is, how concrete it is. But I don’t care much for that. I focus now only on the national team and my club. The work needs to be done on the pitch in the right way, and we will see if there is an offer.”
Celtic do have a track record of signing players from Austria, with Boli Bolingoli having been signed from Rapid Vienna previously, so a move for Balic in the New Year cannot be ruled out.
The Hoops could do with more pace in the final third of the pitch, and the LASK winger is one of the quickest players around. He would also give manager Neil Lennon more options with both Mikey Johnston and James Forrest having had their injury problems this season.