Teemu Pukki keen on deal to remain at Brondby

Pukki, who cost Celtic 3 million, joined Brondby on a one-season loan in the summer. Picture: Robert Perry
Pukki, who cost Celtic 3 million, joined Brondby on a one-season loan in the summer. Picture: Robert Perry
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CELTIC’S Finnish flop Teemu Pukki has hinted he could remain at Brondby.

Pukki, who cost £3 million when Neil Lennon bought him from Bundesliga outfit Schalke in August last year, joined the Danes on a one-season loan contract in the summer.

However, the 24-year-old could be poised to make the deal permanent to end his Parkhead hell, where he scored only seven goals in 27 appearances.

He has already netted five goals in 11 games for Brondby and revealed: “I am concentrating on playing, but it is possible I could continue my deal.

“I like it here. All the games are fairly even and the teams are of a good standard.”

Pukki was heading for the Parkhead exit when Ronny Deila brought in John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City and paid £2.2m to Sporting Gijon for Stefan Scepovic.

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Amido Balde, who cost £1.5m when he arrived from Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes 18 months ago, was also allowed to leave the SPFL champions at the same time as fellow frontline misfit Pukki.

The 23-year-old agreed a ten-month contract with Waasland-Beveren after claiming only three strikes in 20 outings for Celtic, who are unlikely to be difficult to deal with if Brondby and the Belgians want to make both transfers permanent.

Meanwhile, Nigerian striker Olarenwaju Kayode says he is flattered by reported interest from Celtic.

The 21-year-old is poised to quit Israeli outfit Maccabi Netanya in next month’s transfer window and has been linked with the SPFL champions as well as Belgian sides Standard Liege, Club Brugge and Gent, He said: “It’s a great feeling to be associated with Celtic. Obviously, Celtic is a big and fantastic club. Everything about this club is right for my career.”

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