7 EPL Loan Stars To Solve Celtic Striker Problems In January

Some Carlton Cole alternatives.
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With Celtic currently dithering over whether they should sign free agent Carlton Cole, the club might be better off waiting until January when there should be plenty of English-based talent available to sign on loan.

Here are seven Premier League strikers that Celtic could turn to in the next transfer window.

7. James Wilson - Manchester United

Celtic have long been linked with the young United striker, with reports claiming that he will arrive in January. The only stumbling block is that the talented England U21 international has many admirers. Should a struggling Premier League side decide to make a move for Wilson, Louis van Gaal might consider that a better environment for his development.

6. Jerome Sinclair - Liverpool

Another highly-rated young English talent is the Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair. Now 19-years old, Sinclair became the youngest ever player to appear for Liverpool in 2012, when he made his debut aged just 16 years and six days. Since then he's struggled for opportunities and a move to Scotland could be the perfect chance to prove himself.

5. Andrej Kramaric - Leicester

Some top European clubs were linked with the Croatian international Kramaric before Leicester signed him in January. A prolific scorer in his homeland, Kramaric has failed to translate that form to the Premier League and has been frozen out by new Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri.

4. Gary Hooper - Norwich

Hooper was linked with a return to Celtic in the summer, only for Sheffield Wednesday emerge as favourites to sign the striker. That deal collapsed leaving Hooper stuck at Norwich, where he has made just one appearance this season.

3. Peter Crouch - Stoke

Another Premier League striker with just one appearance this season is the former England international Peter Crouch. The 6ft 7" target man is now 34 but he never had much pace to lose in the first place and was effective for Stoke last season. Wages could be a stumbling block.

2. Andy Carroll - West Ham

Carroll is currently making his latest return from injury and with Sam Allardyce - the manager who signed him - gone, his future at West Ham is up in the air. If he can stay fit, Celtic could prove to be a good shop window for the 26-year old.

1. Danny Graham - Sunderland

OK, so Danny Graham is not a name that will get Celtic fans excited, but he's arguably the easiest player to sign on this list. The goals flowed for Graham at Carlisle, Watford and Swansea and it's only since his big money move to Sunderland that his career went off track.


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