St Johnstone have emerged as favourites to sign highly-rated Finnish striker Eetu Vertainen.
The 22-year-old, who plays for Ilves, was left out of their Sunday fixture.
Manager, Jarkko Wiss, said after the match: “He’s probably on a plane right now – and he’s not going on a vacation.”
Local reports have confirmed Perth is his likely destination.
— Pekka Aalto (@LoiskeP) July 26, 2021
Vertainen has represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level.
In the U-19 World Cup he shared the pitch Erling Haaland, scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-2 defeat to Norway.
Fresh from scoring within twenty seconds of his introduction last week, Ilves Eetu Vertainen scores two in a minute tonight and goes to the top of the maalikuningas (goal king) chart #veikkausliiga pic.twitter.com/Nt3jlRLsMx
— Escape To Suomi 🇫🇮⚽️ (@EscapeToSuomi) May 28, 2021
Vertainen, who is predominantly a centre-forward but can be used as an attacking midfielder as well, has scored four goals in 11 games in the Finnish top-flight this season.
If a deal is agreed, Vertainen is unlikely to feature in the Premiership opener against Ross County.
— Veikkausliiga (@Veikkausliiga) June 30, 2021
He will have to isolate as Finland is an amber list country for travel to the UK.
It could be a busy weeks for ins and outs at McDiarmid Park.