Report: Genk to offer Jelle Vossen new contract to ward off Celtic interest

Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with the former Middlesbrough loanee.

Jelle Vossen is currently in the middle of a transfer saga involving Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and Racing Genk, and it has now been reported by HLN that the Belgian club are set to offer him a new contract to keep ahold of him.

Gazette Live linked the international striker with a move to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, following his impressive stint with Middlesbrough, whilst the Sun claimed that Celtic are leading the race for his signature.

An exit from Genk was expected last week, but a change in manager - with Peter Maes appointed to the top job - has seen the club reverse their stance on selling him.

The latest HLN report indicates that Maes will do all he can to keep ahold of Vossen, and is planning on offering the 26-year-old a new contract when he returns from holiday for pre-season training.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2017, but Maes wants to extend it to 2020, including a high buy-out clause to ensure he cannot leave for cheap.

The report states that Vossen has ‘responded positively’ to the news, and will willingly open talks when he heads back to the club.

Although this has not guaranteed that he will leave, it certainly appears as if a deal for Vossen will be harder to complete for both Celtic and Wednesday, and they may have to look elsewhere for striking targets.

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