An update has emerged regarding Gent’s efforts to sign reported Celtic transfer target Thomas Henry.
According to the Daily Record, Celtic could re-ignite their interest in the Leuven striker as Gent’s move for the forward is on the brink of collapsing.
The report claims that Gent are refusing to pay the £5.1m valuation of Henry in one fee as they want to stretch it out over multiple installments, which could allow the Hoops to swoop in from under them to secure a deal.
Celtic must sanction a deal for Henry this month and seize upon this window of opportunity that Gent have presented to them. With the Belgian club locked in a stalemate over the payment plan, the Hoops could come in and offer a better deal to Leuven in an attempt to snap him up ahead of Gent.
The club have agreed a deal to sign VVV-Venlo centre-forward Georgios Giakoumakis, but Inside Futbol have reported that there is a less than 50% chance of the transfer going through. This means that Celtic may still be on the lookout for a new number nine, and this is where Henry could come in to save the day.
Ange Postecoglou would surely love to have the Frenchman at Parkhead as he has an impressive goalscoring record and comes highly recommended. Lokeren manager Karel Fraeye once said that Henry causes ‘havoc’ for opposition defences and compared him with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
He said: “Henry is extremely efficient and uses his speed and strong physique particularly well.
“He’s a complete striker who uses his speed to cause havoc in defences. He moves very smartly out from the centre of attack to the wings and creates spaces for himself.
“He has a lot of similarities to Jamie Vardy. He poaches goals and he manages that with his speed because he is extremely quick when he bursts into the penalty box.”
This is huge praise from Fraeye for the 6 foot 3 colossus and shows how highly the attacker is rated in Belgium. His goal record backs this up, with 45 goals and 12 assists in 79 games for Leuven, including 21 goals in 31 league games last term.
It is hard to gauge the difference in quality between the Belgian top flight and the Scottish Premiership, but Henry can only play against what is in front of him and he has been doing a magnificent job. Postecoglou would surely love to have a 6ft 3 powerhouse at the top of the pitch who is able to score goals on a consistent basis whilst also being a constant nuisance to defenders, which is what the 26-year-old could provide if he is able to adapt to football in Scotland.
The Australian would then have a reliable goalscorer who can also impact the game with more than just his goals, with his height making him a viable focal point for Celtic to hit. If the Hoops are under pressure in a game, they could send the ball long to Henry given his aerial ability.