Celtic lose transfer race to sign Thomas Henry with new Serie A boys Venezia set to close OHL ace deal
The new boys of SERIE A Venezia have won the race for Celtic target Thomas Henry, who is expected to make a £ 5.1million transfer to Italy this week.
Celtic were interested in the OHL striker, 26, who scored 24 goals in 34 league starts for the Belgian club last season, but was ruled out in his side’s loss to KAS Eupen on the weekend. -end.
The big Belgian guns in Ghent were also interested in Henry, but could not agree on a payment plan for the transfer fee and this sparked interest from Italian clubs in Genoa and Venice.
And the Venice club have won the race for Henry, who is expected to sign a four-year contract with them and earn £ 14,000 a week with his new club.
OHL manager Marc Brys said: “We need new players. Our research has been going on for a long time, but it is urgent now.
“I hope Thomas’s departure this week will speed things up for us.”
OHL will make nearly £ 5million in profit from the sale of Henry, having bought him for just £ 200,000 from Belgian minnows in Tubize two years ago.
Meanwhile, Southampton are working on a move for Ryan Christie from Celtic – but are willing to wait until he’s free.
The 26-year-old Scottish attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of the year and available for a low price before that window closes.
Ironically, the deal could be speeded up if former Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong leaves St Mary’s.
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The Saints could step in while Burnley and Sheffield United put him lower on their wanted lists.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche could turn to him if the price is right as the summer transfer window slowly comes to an end.
Christie could sign a pre-contract with one of his suitors now and leave in January, but his friends say he doesn’t want to risk being sidelined by Celtic.
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