OH Leuven appear willing to allow Celtic-linked Thomas Henry to leave the club

By David Walton

August 10, 2021

OH Leuven appear ready to lose striker Thomas Henry with the Frenchman having been linked with Celtic last night.

Indeed, the Scottish Sun reported that the Hoops had the centre-forward down as an Odsonne Edouard replacement. It’s stated that the striker will cost £7million to lure from the Belgian club, with the Daily Record reporting that Dom McKay would be willing to use funds from the sale of Odsonne Edouard to meet the asking price.

Edouard is still at Celtic Park despite constant speculation over his own long-term future. However, should he go, a replacement will be a necessity before the end of the month.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look as though Celtic will have an overly tough time negotiating his release from Leuven. Speaking recently about his star-striker’s future, Leuven boss Marc Brys sounded resigned to losing him.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Brys said: “I hope no offer comes in for him, but the chances of that happening are low. He is 26 years old and hopes to take a big step forward in his career and that is normal.

“Thomas is ready for this, he absolutely deserves it. He is a very ambitious person. But if and when he leaves, it will be a huge loss for us.”

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OH Leuven don’t sound like they’ll stand in the way of Thomas Henry departing

From what Brys has been saying here, it sounds as though the club is ready to lose its top scorer. That they’re resigned to the fact he wants something new and there’s nothing they can do to satisfy what he’s craving.

Granted, that doesn’t mean they’ll sell him on the cheap. They’ll still have a valuation for the Frenchman. If it is indeed £7m, you could see why Celtic would potentially be waiting on the sale of Edouard first.

After all, we would want to make sure that we’re going to have that kind of figure in place. We’ll only be able to spend that kind of money on a centre-forward if Edouard is definitely out of here. As things stand, it looks likely, but not certain.

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Everything appears ready for Celtic to go out and get their man however, The player is ready for the next step in his career after two successful seasons with OH Leuven. The club’s own manager has accepted he’s ready to step up a level too and that he deserves it.

It all reads well from a Celtic perspective. The biggest battle we’ll now have on our hands is our own race against time. This is a deal Celtic will want to wrap up ASAP to avoid the likes of Swansea City or Leicester making a move for him.

But the early signs are promising. At 26, Henry has plenty to prove, and there’s no better place for him to do so than in Glasgow.

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