An update has emerged on VVV-Venlo attacker Georgios Giakoumakis, regarding Celtic’s interest in his services.
According to Sky Sports, Celtic are interested in signing VVV-Venlo centre-forward Georgios Giakoumakis this month.
The report claims that the Dutch side are expecting to part ways with the Greek international before the end of the window and the Hoops are now in talks with them over a deal for the attacker.
Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou could seal a terrifying attacking line-up by landing Giakoumakis in the coming weeks of the window. The attacker was sensational for Venlo in the Netherlands last term and he could potentially form an exciting partnership with Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead.
In the 2020/21 campaign, the Frenchman was Celtic’s top scorer in the Scottish Premiership with 18 strikes. Out of the players who are still at the club, David Turnbull’s eight was the next highest – with Mo Elyounoussi scoring 10 before returning to Southampton at the end of his loan spell.
This suggests that there could be room for another regular goalscorer to come in and either start alongside Edouard up front or provide serious competition for his place in the side. Giakoumakis’ unbelievable record for Venlo indicates that he could be an ideal signing in that respect.
The Greek international was directly involved in 31 goals for Venlo last season. He managed 29 goals and two assists in all competitions, including 26 goals in 30 Eredivisie games. This is a sublime record for the 26-year-old phenomenon, which is why he could be an excellent addition to Postecoglou’s side.
It is difficult to judge whether or not scoring goals regularly in the Netherlands is the same as doing so in Scotland, but he can only play against what is put in front of him and he flourished for Venlo. Therefore, he could stand a good chance of being able to adapt to Scottish football and translate his goalscoring over to Celtic.
It appears to be a worthwhile gamble for the Hoops on paper, as they could have a sensational attacking line-up if Edouard is able to plunder around 18 goals again and Giakoumakis can score 20+. Opposition defences could fear the pair if they lined up together, given their respective goalscoring records in Scotland and the Netherlands. This is why the club must work hard to get a deal over the line for the Greek goal machine before the window closes.