Serie B side Bari have revealed that midfielder Liam Henderson only cost £115,000 to sign from Celtic – months after being told it would take almost £2million to lure him away from Celtic Park.
Henderson joined Bari in January and has impressed for the Italians after failing to make the grade for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The midfielder spent time on loan with Norwegian side Rosenborg and Hibernian before being sold to the Italians before his Hoops contract expired in the summer.
Bari’s Sporting director Sean Sogliano has now confirmed just how cheap his side were able to get Henderson for after trying to recruit him list summer but being put off by Celtic’s asking price, which was then slashed by almost 95%.
“Liam Henderson ‘s transfer was seven months in the making for us,” Sogliano said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We ended up signing him for only 130,000 euros. Last year we were told he would cost 2 million euros.
“There were also a number of clubs who wanted to sign him too, like Preston North End for example.
“The turning point for us was knowing his contract was going to expire at the end of the season and we knew his value would diminish.”
The 21-year-old only managed 37 appearances for the Hoops before being sold.
During his time on loan with Hibs, Henderson lifted the Scottish Cup while the midfielder was part of the Rosenborg side who secured a league and cup double during his loan spell in Norway.
Henderson has made five appearances for Bari so far and scored his first goal for the Serie B side last weekend.
Henderson became the first Scot to play in Italy since Graeme Souness left Sampdoria to become Rangers manager in April 1986 when he featured in their 4-1 defeat by Empoli on January 27th.
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