Report: Celtic target Thomas Henry close to Genoa move

By Euan Davidson

August 21, 2021

Celtic target Thomas Henry is closing in on a move to Serie A side Genoa, according to Sky Italia.

The outlet state that Henry, of OH Leuven, is close to joining the side on a €5.5m deal, after a fine start to the season and a prolific 20-21. Henry scored a whopping 21 goals, with 6 assists for Leuven in the Jupiler Pro League last campaign.

It’s little wonder, then, that clubs are after him. But Sky Italia, to the disappointment of Celtic supporters, are determined that the big French striker will be a Genoa player before the start of next week.

This is despite Henry’s agent stating that the striker would prefer a move to Parkhead. With ongoing confusion over the futures of Edouard, Ajeti and Griffiths, Henry would’ve been well-placed to make a mark for the Bhoys under Ange Postecoglou.

Genoa are no mugs, though. The Liguria-based club are a regular fixture in Serie A, and finished a respectable 11th last time round [Sky Sports]. They’ve already done some pretty impressive business, too.

Salvatore Sirigu, formerly of PSG, has joined alongside Polish prodigy Aleksander Buksa, and Mexican talent Johan Vasquez [Transfermarkt]. Certainly, they’ll have European ambitions this season.

Celtic could land three more new recruits this weekend

Celtic could land three more new recruits this weekend
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The goals of a striker like Thomas Henry could definitely help their cause. Negotiations with KAA Gent stalled, according to Nieuwsblad. Instead of that helping Celtic, though, it’s Genoa who will more likely take advantage.

Celtic target Thomas Henry could’ve been a nice addition, but Genoa are in driving seat

There’s little doubt Celtic could do with adding to their ranks up front this summer. We have little idea what’s going on with Odsonne Edouard, while Ajeti and Griffiths hardly inspire a great deal of confidence.

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That would explain Celtic’s links to both Henry and Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis, of VVV-Venlo. It’s clever scouting; these are two affordable players, off the back of mightily prolific campaigns.

Either move would make utter sense. Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou knows it’ll be a whole squad effort under his auspices. The attacking, frenetic style he prefers will take a physical toll on the players, and rotation will likely be a necessity.

Alas, Henry doesn’t look like joining the Angeball project at Celtic, barring a swift turn-around.

We move on.

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