The final week of the transfer window is set to be a lively and vibrant one for Celtic.
Odsonne Edouard’s future still needs to be sorted out and if he takes his leave from Parkhead, a shiny new striker could sign on the dotted line and don the famous Hoops shirt.
Celtic have been busy targeting new forwards in the last few weeks with Thomas Henry thought to be on their shortlist.
However, they have now turned their attention to VVV-Venlo striker Giorgos Giakoumakis in a bid to strengthen their offensive options.
It’s understood a bid of £3m might be required in order to prise him away from Dutch football.
That being said, Werder Bremen have also been in the race to sign him.
Freelance reporter Kostas Lianos provided Celtic with a huge boost on Monday afternoon, though. He took to Twitter to report the following piece of information:
What I know about Giorgos Giakoumakis:
-He is keen to leave Venlo
-He met with Werder Bremen face-to-face
-He spoke to Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou
-Werder struggle to meet his price and hinted they’re looking elsewhere
-Feeling in Greece is he’s going to Celtic #CelticFC
— Konstantinos (Kostas) Lianos (@LianosKostas) August 23, 2021
The biggest concern with Giakoumakis undoubtedly has to be his goal record before last season.
The Greek had a mesmerising period throughout the 2020/21 campaign, scoring 29 goals on his way to being crowned the league’s top scorer.
Yet, before that, he’d never found the net on more than 11 occasions in a single term; more often than not he scored around three or four goals a season.
However, at the age of 26, Giakoumakis is now approaching his prime and will be full of confidence after a career-best year.
Described as a “very special” player by Dutch reporter Rik Elfrink the forward could be the perfect replacement for Edouard in a central role.
Consequently, it would be a huge help to their title bid if they can get a deal across the line. Kyogo Furuhashi has hit the ground running with a Paradise hat-trick to his name already but if Edouard departs, he cannot take the responsibility on himself.
Albian Ajeti scored in pre-season but his renaissance under Postecoglou didn’t last long. He hasn’t started a game since the campaign got underway for instance.
Leigh Griffiths is not a reliable option either. The Scot bizarrely penned new terms in Glasgow but could be used in a swap deal with Hibernian for Kevin Nisbet. Sunderland have also had the attacker on their radar this summer.
As a consequence, finding more reliable figures in front of goal certainly makes sense. If Furuhashi was to get injured, it would be disastrous unless they had Giakoumakis in their ranks.
He scored a bucket load of goals in 2021/22 and his potential arrival would only aid their hopes of reclaiming the title. For that reason, supporters should be delighted that they’re so close to signing him.