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Scottish giants Celtic have “approached” VVV-Venlo about a deal for Giorgos Giakoumakis, the club’s chief executive Marco Bogers has said in quotes reported by the Daily Record. 

Defensive mishaps coupled with wasteful finishing. That’s usually a recipe for disaster and, with major problems at both ends of the pitch, Celtic’s miserable 2020/21 campaign is best forgotten. 

But after initial teething problems, the appointment of Ange Postecoglou – a coach renowned for building sides far greater than the sum of their parts – has seen the Hoops turn a corner quicker than Max Verstappen on soft tyres. 

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And the penalty-area profligacy that characterised the final few months of the Neil Lennon era appears to be a thing of the past.  

Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing of St Mirren means the Glasgow giants have won their past six games, scoring 24 times along the way. 

The prospective signing of Giakoumakis, then, should strike fear into the heart of Premiership defences. The Greece international scored 29 goals in 33 games for relegated VVV last term, joining Luis Suarez and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the history books while seizing the Golden Boot. 

Venlo star Giorgos Giakoumakis would strike yet more fear in Celtic’s opponents

“Celtic and Werder Bremen have officially approached us,” Bogers explains. 

“But there are more clubs now showing interest – so the game isn’t over yet. We expect even more clubs to be in touch. 

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“It must be a good deal for all parties. Everyone must benefit from it. Giorgos must have the right feeling about the club and we do have a price in mind that must be put on the table. 

“It is clear that after relegation and a year of covid, our financial situation will not get any rosier. A transfer is not an absolute necessity, but it would be better for all parties if it happens.”

Giakoumakis, who has confirmed his desire to leave VVV this month, has held talks with Postecoglou regarding a potential £3 million switch (Record).

Celtic are reportedly ready to meet his £12,000-a-week wage demands too. 

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