Georgios Giakoumakis Transfer Latest – “Celtic may have some competition although not now from Bremen”

Werder Bremen appear to have given up on trying to sign Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis from Dutch minnows VVV Venlo and instead are about to bring in an alternative striker, Marvin Ducksch with a medical for the Hannover player already being arranged.

That’s the latest news from broadcaster Derek Rae, who also has a sting in the tail For Celtic fans reading this as he adds, agreeing with a reply from Phil Brown saying “The Greek lad looks a bright talent and at a snip too Derek”.

Derek Rae’s response: “He does, Phil. It appears Celtic may have some competition although not now from Bremen.”

“Important one here for Celtic as well as Werder Bremen fans. Bremen are on the cusp of signing Marvin Ducksch from Hannover. Medical expected tomorrow. This will have the effect of ending Bremen’s interest in Georgios Giakoumakis, as I expected,” was Rae’s initial update, and that is informed commentary from a man very close to the action in German football.

Don’t be surprised to start reading stories of Feyenoord being interested in signing Georgios Giakoumakis shortly.

Celtic have agreed a fee with the relegated Dutch side for the striker who scored 26 league goals in 30 games last season for a team heading for the drop. That’s a pretty incredible record but Giakoumakis’ scoring exploits earlier in his career are nowhere near as impressive.

New talks are being organised between the player and Celtic to discuss personal terms with the player believed to be looking for around £11,500 per week, a massive increase on his current wages at VVV Venlo. While Werder Bremen were closer to these demands than Celtic they failed, unlike Celtic, to reach an agreement with the selling club on the transfer fee.

Georgios Giakoumakis of VVV-Venlo scores during the Dutch Eredivisie match between VVV-Venlo and Fortuna Sittard at the Covebo stadium De Koel on March 14, 2021 in Venlo, the Netherlands. Photo ANP MARCEL VAN HOORN

If latecomers like Feyenoord join the race they could take advantage of the stand-off to steal the player from under Celtic’s noses.

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