Celtic have been linked with a move for Gent defender Joseph Okumu ahead of the upcoming summer window.
Speaking to People Daily (via Daily Record), the Kenyan’s agent was discussing the current situation regarding the player and his future with the Belgian club.
He said: “We’ve had informal interest from Arsenal [and] Scottish giants Celtic, but Borussia Dortmund is the first to make an official inquiry about Okumu. He’s open to a move if an agreement is reached.”
Gent signed the centre-back from Swedish outfit IF Elfsborg last summer. During his debut season with the Belgian club, the 25-year-old made 47 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with three goals in the process.
To highlight his defensive talent, the Kenyan racked up the third-highest number of interceptions (49) and tackles (41) in Gent’s squad. He also ended the season with his team’s second-highest average for blocks per game (0.9) and the third-most clearances per match (3.2).
Standing at 6 foot 3, the £2.1k-per-week defender clearly has what it takes to be a solid defensive unit, and he has shown why Ange Postecoglou would undoubtedly love to have a strong player like him in the ranks at Parkhead.
Speaking about the player prior to his move to Belgium, Elfsborg sporting director Stefan Andreasson said: “We understood that this was a very good player, then he showed maybe the whole of Sweden last year, and also Europe. It is clear that Okumu is one of the best.
“I have said it once before, that he is the best centre-back that has ever been in the Allsvenskan – you can say that sometimes.”
In terms of a potential move to Celtic, the Hoops are reportedly working on securing Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent basis after his recent loan spell. However, if these efforts end up being unsuccessful, then Okumu could be an ideal replacement for the American in Glasgow.
However, if the 25-year-old’s agent is being truthful with his reported comments, and the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are indeed interested in signing the defender, then Celtic could have a challenge on their hands to secure his signature.
If Postecoglou and the Bhoys are in the market for a centre-back this summer, then the Gent titan should definitely be near the top of their target list.