By Noel Whelan

21st Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Celtic tipped to sign Giakoumakis for major fee after manager reveal

Noel Whelan has tipped Celtic to win the race to sign VVV Venlo striker Georgios Giakoumakis – thanks to Ange Postecoglou.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 55-year-old’s Greek heritage could swing things in the Bhoys’ favour.

Speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, Venlo general manager Marco Bogers confirmed both Celtic and Werder Bremen have made an approach for the Greece international.

Venlo are said to have placed a £3million (€3.5million) price tag on Giakoumakis’ head after their relegation.

Boger confirmed other clubs were showing interest after the striker’s fine form in the Eredivisie last term.

Whelan suggested Postecoglou, who was born in Greece and managed in the country back in 2008, could help lure the hitman to Parkhead.

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Discussing Giakoumakis’ 26 goals in 30 games last season, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I would say that is the difference between people staying up or getting relegated. Obviously not!

“I think their (Venlo) defence needs shoring up so hopefully some of that money is going to get better defenders. It is not easy scoring goals at any level, especially in a struggling team.

“So he definitely has put himself in the shop window and people don’t ignore stats. I think it’s £3million, there’s one more team interested, the German side (Bremen).

“But there’s the opportunity to go and play at Celtic at a stadium with great facilities. I think the manager may have contacts with the player as well, they’re both Greek or have Greek heritage.

“Maybe that is a pulling point as well. He could work with somebody he’s met along the way in football or who he is a big admirer of.

“You can’t beat firepower to go out and win you football matches. It would be exciting to see how he does adapt to the Scottish Premiership.

“I mean, £3million, you’re not really breaking the bank. You’re not really taking a risk and it could just pay off for Celtic.”

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