Like much of the transfer speculation, it is generally from the mouth of the agent rather than the club itself – after all relationships with journalists are mutually beneficial because generally the football club and the players themselves rarely directly enter into dialogue. And Celtic’s rumored interest in KAA defender Gent Joseph Okumu seems to be the case – using a link to Celtic to encourage other clubs to make the move.
In the case of Kenyan international center -back Celtic was interested in the player – last summer – while with Elfsborg, and previously transferred to Gent for £ 3.15m.
Her agent as reported in the People Daily and then shot in the UK has been quoted as saying:
“We have unofficial interest from English club Arsenal and Scottish giants Celtic. However, German side Borussia Dortmund are the first team to make a formal investigation into the center -back who is open to a move if a suitable agreement has been reached.
And he won’t tell porkis, but maybe he won’t know when Celtic are interested in the player. The window for this player has been a reasonable target for Celtic closed last summer. It’s time Celtic can be pounced on if they want to.
Now that he has traveled from Scandinavia to the Belgian Jupiler League, and has done well, the player’s value is sky rocketing, meaning other ‘linked’ clubs such as Dortmund and Arsenal have the financial leverage to be able to afford the transfer fee. for the players Gent want – no doubt more than £ 10m – and the defender’s salary will no doubt ask – is likely too rich for Celtic.
There was an intermediate step required for Okumu to make and after years with Gent this step was made. Now that he has proven himself in Scandinavia and in Belgium, Celtic are not Okumu’s destination, but it seems his agents are using the Celtic name as an influence to smokes from Dortmund and Arsenal to make deals.
Celtic didn’t have to lose to Gent last summer, but Cameron-Carter Vickers and the option to buy a loan deal look more appropriate, but after taking the next step for Okumu after Gent would have been one of the top five leagues. And his agent did a good job of persuading his clients to do so, and putting Celtic’s name in the conversation was just an attempt to make it easier.
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