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Celtic: Hoops make Okumu bid

Celtic: Hoops make Okumu bid - Celtic

Celtic have reportedly made a bid for Elfsborg defender Joseph Okumu, according to Swedish outlet Sportbladet.

The Lowdown: Okumu at the top of his game

Okumu, who has seven caps to his name for Kenya, has made 41 appearances for the Swedish side after joining the club back in 2019.

His displays appear to have caught the eye of multiple sides, and it seems as if he is at the top of his game.

Okumu’s Transfermarkt valuation has rocketed in the space of 12 months, going from £180,000 in November 2019 to £1.08m in December 2020.

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The Latest: Celtic not the only club interested

Sportbladet sources have suggested that five clubs have registered their interest in Okumu and offered significant sums for the defender.

Rangers, Gent, Reims and Lorient are the four other interested parties along with the Hoops, with the highest bid for the 24-year-old just over SEK 30 million (£2.5m).

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The Verdict: McKay not waiting around

With no manager or director of football in place at Parkhead, new CEO Dominic McKay would have to be the driving force behind any reported bid for Okumu.

Should he move to Celtic Park, the towering defender could end up replacing Kristoffer Ajer, with the Norwegian linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Ajer made the move to Scotland as an unknown figure back in 2016 but has established himself as a Celtic star in recent seasons, making 176 appearances, so the club could be looking to do the same with Okumu.

It remains unclear as to which of those teams tabled the £2.5m bid for Okumu out of the five clubs interested, but it seems as if the Hoops are not letting their managerial vacancy hinder their early transfer plans with McKay already making moves.

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