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Celtic still in talks to sign Georgios Giakoumakis

Celtic’s start to the new campaign has been scintillating as Ange Postecoglou clears the rubble from last term and watches the goals fly in.

There is now a clearer route to goal for the Hoops and their ambitions of winning the league crown bode incredibly well.

What’s the word?

Celtic already look a pretty complete outfit but there’s every chance they could get better before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Josip Juranovic joined their defensive ranks this weekend but they could still sign another forward.

One player they’ve been chasing intently over the last week is VVV-Venlo striker Georgios Giakoumakis.

However, despite reports that Celtic had a bid rejected for his services, Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph delivered an exciting claim on Saturday.

Would Giakoumakis be a good signing for Celtic?

No chance!

No chance!

Of course!

Of course!

He said: “VVV-Venlo have left striker Georgios Giakoumakis out of the squad again to avoid injury, as he works out his future away from the club. Celtic and Werder Bremen are still in talks with the player, while others have expressed interest.”

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Touted at a price of around £3m this deal is a complete no-brainer for Celtic.

Although they are by no means struggling for goals, they will need to replace Odsonne Edouard if he finally takes his leave in the final week or so of the window.

The Frenchman has been expected to leave but has been priced out of a move to the Premier League due to his high wage demands.

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Edouard has worked himself back into favour under Postecoglou in recent weeks and scored his first league goal of the season from open play in the 6-0 drubbing versus St Mirren on Saturday.

Giakoumakis, though, would be a wonderful successor.

His form in the Netherlands was nothing short of exceptional last term as the 26-year-old ended the campaign as the Eredivisie’s top scorer.

The forward found the net on 29 occasions in all competitions and it was no surprise to see him score with such regularity.

After all, Giakoumakis takes an incredibly large volume of shots from high xG areas centrally inside the 18-yard box.

The Greece international appears to be a dangerous player and has high intelligence in the area, ensuring that very few attempts towards the goal are wasted.

This was an area that Celtic had plenty of problems in last term with the likes of Ryan Christie, David Turnbull and Callum McGregor taking a high percentage of efforts from long-range.

Although that issue has been ironed out this season, the addition of Giakoumakis would help them even more.

Signing a player with plenty of goals in him should also delight supporters. After all, it’s not every day you get linked with a 29-goal attacker; they must relish the idea of his entrance in Glasgow.

AND in other news, £1.8m-rated Celtic gem who won just 28.5% duels let Postecoglou down on Saturday…

Article title: Celtic still in talks to sign Georgios Giakoumakis

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