Report: Tunisian side ES Tunis make approach for Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo

By John McGinley

April 25, 2021

After Patryk Klimala’s exit to MLS, another struggling signing could be set for a permanent move away from Celtic.

The Scottish Sun reports that Tunisian giants Esperance have made an enquiry about Vakoun Bayo’s availability after his season on loan in France with Toulouse.

The paper reports that Toulouse hold an option to buy the striker outright from his loan, but that no indication has yet been given whether they will take this up.

Bayo has scored eight goals in 29 appearances for the Ligue 2 outfit this term, but is unlikely to have a future at Celtic.

He cost Celtic £2m in January 2019 during the final days of Brendan Rodgers’ reign [Scottish Sun]. Bought from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda, he has previously spent a spell in Tunisian football. The Ivorian played for Etoile du Sahel before his switch to Slovakia.

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Esperance are one of the biggest clubs in Africa and won the CAF Champions League in 2019.

This would look to be a good move for the player. It would also allow Celtic to clear the decks further for any new manager arriving in Glasgow.

Whoever ends up in the dugout will want their own style of player this summer and rejuvenating flops of a previous regime will not be what he has in mind.

Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo in training / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Neither Bayo or Klimala looked close to what we require at the club and every penny will count when considering a rebuild of the first-team squad.

Fingers crossed we can land a decent fee for the 24-year-old, as we did for the Polish striker.

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