Celtic look set to wrap up a deal for VVV-Venlo forward Georgios Giakoumakis following the news that both clubs have agreed a fee, as well as the Greece international finalising personal terms with the Scottish giants on a four-year-deal, as per Sky Sports.
The Lowdown: Giakoumakis was an unexpected sensation in 2020/21
Rising from relative obscurity, the 26-year-old sent shockwaves through Dutch football in 2020/21, becoming the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 26 goals in 30 league appearances [Transfermarkt], in spite of his current employers suffering relegation at the end of the campaign.
If you were to add the other three goals the 6 foot 1 ace converted in the KNVB Cup last term, he outscored his entire career goal tally in the space of 12 months, 29 last season to his previous 26 goals with various former clubs [Transfermarkt].
Well and truly striking when the iron is hot, Celtic seem to have all but sealed the capture of Giakoumakis following recent developments.
Would Giakoumakis be an ideal signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Giakoumakis set to sign for Celtic on four-year deal
Celtic have agreed a £2.5m fee with VVV-Venlo for the signature of the Heraklion-born forward, according to Sky Sports.
He is set to link up with the Glaswegians on a four-year contract after agreeing terms, with the Hoops having seemingly beaten off stiff competition from Werder Bremen to land the instinctive poacher.
The Verdict: Potential to be a bargain signing
In the midst of heavy speculation surrounding the future of Hoops star Odsonne Edouard, the Celts will land themselves an impressive bargain should the Giakoumakis deal be completed before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
The 26-year-old is most certainly a penalty box striker who is constantly looking to be the focal point of offensive passages of play, illustrated by his average rate of 3.2 shots per game across last season [WhoScored].
One exciting component of his game which should not be ignored is his aerial ability and desire to get on the end of whipped crosses, something that the Celts lack somewhat within their current strike force.
Ange Postecoglou is said to have been relentless in his sales pitch to bring in the striker [Daily Record], whilst the manager’s Greek origins may have been a source of familiarity and comfort for the VVV-Venlo marksman.
All things considered, Giakoumakis seems to be an intelligent prospective signing who has the tools to succeed in the high-stakes Parkhead environment due to his physicality and finishing ability.
In other news, Celtic are close to signing a Portugal under-21 international. Find out more here.
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