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Celtic agree terms to sign Giorgos Giakoumakis

As Celtic gear up for a crucial European qualifying fixture on Thursday evening, they will do so knowing their transfer business has nearly been completed to perfection.

The Hoops have made some outstanding improvements in the window with Ange Postecoglou and Dominic McKay bringing in a host of their number one targets.

Celtic’s offensive line looks sharp and free-flowing while there are signs that their defence is beginning to get better too.

What’s the word?

One area that Postecoglou is still unsure of is in attack. Although he’s added Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada to his ranks, he wants to sign another striker.

The Bhoys missed out on Thomas Henry as he headed to Italy but they are intent on not losing Giorgos Giakoumakis.

He has fielded interest from Celtic for a number of weeks now but he’s got a further suitor in Werder Bremen.

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However, according to Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos, Celtic have now actually agreed terms in principle with VVV-Venlo to sign the player.

That said, they are yet to settle on personal terms with Giakoumakis.

Postecoglou delighted

If the Australian manager can secure a deal for the Greece international then it would be the cherry on top of the cake for Celtic this summer.

As the window commenced a few months ago it took the board a considerable period of time to back Postecoglou sufficiently.

He’d been left with the signings of Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide, two players who are still yet to earn first-team debuts.

Yet, after the Hoops crashed out of the Champions League to Midtjylland, it became apparent that this Celtic side really wasn’t good enough.

Postecoglou called on those upstairs to give him more to work with and thankfully, they’ve listened.

Since that defeat to Midtjylland, Joe Hart, James McCarthy and Josip Juranovic have all been signed, while Carl Starfelt has made his debut.

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However, with more money to spend from the Kristoffer Ajer sale, Giakoumakis looks like a wise addition.

The head coach isn’t entrusting Albian Ajeti or Leigh Griffiths and if Furuhashi was to get injured or if Odsonne Edouard finally packed his bags, they’d be incredibly light in offensive areas.

Therefore, bringing in someone who scored as many as 29 goals last term would be a superb piece of business. The 26-year-old has been described as “very special” by Dutch reporter Rik Elfrink and would offer a different threat to Furuhashi with his height and bullish nature.

Postecoglou will be delighted to get his man if it goes through.

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Article title: Celtic agree terms to sign Giorgos Giakoumakis

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