CELTIC have completed their first piece of transfer business as Eboue Kouassi joins Genk on a long term deal. Kouassi has departed for £1.3m as Neil Lennon begins to build towards 10IAR next season.
The Celtic misfit joined Genk on loan in January after 15 months on the fringes for the Scottish Champions. Now, the Belgians have exercised their option to buy the midfielder after just four appearances for KRC Genk.
Genk confirmed the deal on their website in a short statement.
“The Ivorian midfielder is taken outright from Celtic. Kouassi is now signed up until 2024.
“Due to a minor injury and the corona crisis, he has only played in four games so far, but Kouassi was in the starting XI for three games and completed the 90 minutes in the last two.
“He was able to convince everyone at the club of his qualities.”
The 22-year-old joined Celtic from Krasnodor in January 2017 for £3m but failed to live up to his promise. The Congerton and Rodgers signing is one that in retrospect highlights the flaws in their recruitment model.
Despite the quality that Kouassi showed in some games, he couldn’t get a run of games together and ultimately won’t be missed.
The move will open up some funds both in the wage bill and the transfer budget, which could allow for Celtic to target Moi Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster as Celtic chase an unprecedented 10IAR.