Venezia confirm the signing of Celtic-linked Thomas Henry

By Euan Davidson

August 24, 2021

Venezia have signed Celtic target Thomas Henry from OH Leuven.

Henry had been heavily linked to a move to Celtic in recent weeks. On the 9th of August, the Sun reported that the Bhoys were on the brink of winning the race for the 26-year-old.

Instead, the French striker has opted for a move to Serie A. Recently, it looked as if Henry was heading to Genoa, last year’s 11th placed side. Instead, stylish recently-promoted outfit Venezia have agreed a deal for the former Belgian league star.

The club announced it on their official website in the last hour [Venezia].

Although twists and turns in the transfer saga took place over the last week, Henry – who seemed bound for KAA Gent prior to Genoa – has perhaps taken the least expected route here. Venezia have only just returned to Serie A.

In their first game of the season, the lagunari lost 2-0 to 10-man Napoli, with goals from Insigne and Elmas making the difference.

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An interesting link, but Celtic won’t be landing Venezia man Thomas Henry

Given his more recent exploits, you can understand why Celtic wanted Thomas Henry. His goalscoring rate for OH Leuven was pretty exceptional, with 21 goals and 6 assists for the side last season [Transfermarkt]. This season, he picked up where he left off, with 3 in 4.

With Celtic’s hunt for Greek sensation Georgios Giakoumakis, there’s a theme emerging. The club clearly want physical strikers with good end-product who have been prolific for less fashionable clubs.

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It makes sense, and it’s good scouting by Celtic, really.

Still, it won’t be Thomas Henry who joins the Bhoys. Meanwhile, the Giakoumakis back-and-forth seems to be changing by the hour. After an unbelievable 26 goals for relegated VVV-Venlo, ourselves and Werder Bremen remain the biggest competitors for his signature.

At the club, Kyogo and Edouard seem like the respective first-choices. Edouard’s future remains uncertain, while Albian Ajeti featured from the bench on Saturday afternoon, to decent effect.

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