French press: Celtic outcast Amido Balde set to complete exit, Metz deal imminent

Celtic striker Amido Balde is reportedly set to join Metz.

According to Metz-based newspaper Le Republicain Lorrain, Metz are poised to complete the signing of Celtic striker Amido Balde.

Metz suffered relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of last season, meaning they must now prepare for life in Ligue 2 ahead of the new campaign.

It seems that one of their first moves will be to lure striker Balde from Celtic to France, with a deal reportedly close to completion today.

Metz-based newspaper La Republicain Lorrain suggest that the Guinea-Bissau-born striker is poised to complete a permanent exit from Celtic after a torrid spell in Glasgow.

The giant 6ft 4in front man has scored just three goals for the Bhoys since arriving from Vitoria Guimaraes two years ago, and hasn't even registered one appearance under manager Ronny Deila.

After loan spells with Waasland-Beveren and Hapoel Tel Aviv, Balde is now set for a permanent departure from Celtic, with the reports in France suggesting Balde will sign a two-year contract with Metz.

Best move for all

Balde's time in Celtic has been nothing short of woeful, and given his reputation as being one of the biggest flops in the club's recent history, it's definitely time for him to move on.

The two loan moves to Belgium and Israel were clearly pre-cursors for a permanent move away, and the move to Metz gives the 24-year-old a chance to rebuild his career.

It's a move that didn't work out for Celtic, but it shouldn't deter them from taking gambles on young players in Europe in the future, as for every Balde, there is a Virgil van Dijk, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen.

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