Peter Maes hints at Kara Mbodj exit, amid Celtic and West Ham interest

Celtic and West Ham have been linked with Genk star Kara Mbodj.

Mbodj, who can play in defence or midfield, has been linked with Celtic and West Ham, and Genk coach Peter Maes has hinted at his departure in an interview with HLN.

Maes said: “I want two new strikers and also a midfielder, and as Kara [Mbodj] leaves, we will still have to bring in a defender.”

Maes has admitted that he needs to sign a midfielder and defender when Mbodj leaves, as he will be short on cover in two positions that the Senegalese international can play.

Although not a direct confirmation that Mbodj is set to leave Belgium in search of greener pastures, Maes is certainly planning for life without the 25-year-old.

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Celtic are keen on signing Mbodj as a replacement for the likely departing Virgil van Dijk, whilst the Sun have claimed that West Ham are showing an interest in offering £4 million for the 13-capped international, although work permit issues may prevent a transfer.

Although not referencing either Celtic or the Hammers when talking of Mbodj, Maes’s comments make it appear as if he is set to depart Genk this summer.

There are no indications as to which club are currently at the forefront of the race to sign him, but with Maes hinting at his exit from Genk, it does not look as if it will be long before Mbodj is securing a long-awaited transfer to Britain.

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