Before we begin, this almost certainly complete bullshit. However, it is exciting bull shit, thus we shall report on it.
As such, not knowing where from or why, over the last couple of days rumours have started circulating that Neil Lennon is attempting an ambitious move to bring Icelandic striker Alfreð Finnbogason to the Macron stadium, on loan for the season.
The Irishman reportedly attempted to sign the forward whilst in charge of Celtic, but that was before he moved to Real Sociedad for €7.5 million last July. The 26 year-old earned his big move to Spain by being a ruthless forward for Eredivise side, Heerenveen, where he scored a massive 59 goals in a mere 70 appearances.
However, the goals haven't been as free flowing for Finnbogasson in La Liga, as he's found adapting to Spanish football rather difficult. In 27 appearances for La Real last season, he only managed to muster four goals and now seemingly finds himself out of favour with boss David Moyes.
There are countless obstacles which make this move near on impossible, the most prominent of course being his wages and just why on Earth would a striker which does carry a hefty amount of pedigree even consider joining lowly Bolton Wanderers, when there'd more than likely be far more attractive suitors knocking on his door?
I don't in a million years believe this move will ever happen...
Buttttttttttt, there are but a few things that make it just slightly more plausible.The first and biggest of those being that Finnbogasson's international team mate, and lets not forget probable footballing legend in his eyes, Eidur Gudjohnsen currently plays for us. They're both currently away on international so who knows? Maybe Eidur can have a little whisper in his ear, eh?
Also, I wouldn't entirely put it past Lennon to be able to capture the player he wants. I doubt anybody ever expected that we'd ever sign Adam Le Fondre, but Lennon did manage. Slightly different, of course, but a precedent has definitely been set.
By his own admission, Lennon has visited Spain on numerous occasions on scouting trips, so maybe Finnbogasson is a more realistic target than we imagined.
But it's probably bull shit.