Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is edging closer to joining Italian Serie B side Bari, according to a report.
The Daily Record claimed in their live transfer blog on Friday [12:22pm] that a deal is close for Henderson, 21, to end his time at Parkhead and sign for the Italian side after impressing on trial.
It is understood that Henderson played for Bari in a friendly match against their own reserves side and caught the eye of manager Fabio Grosso, who scored the winning penalty for Italy in the 2006 World Cup final.
Grosso has led Bari up to fourth in the Serie B table, where they are currently chasing the title and promotion to Serie A, are and currently just five points behind leaders Palermo.
Henderson has had decent loan spells at Hibernian and Rosenborg but has never been able to convince the managers during his time at Celtic that he good enough for regular first-team football, with just 37 appearances in all competitions in the five years since he made his debut.
Football Insider verdict
Henderson’s time at Celtic appears to have come to a natural end. His contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he could not be further away from Brendan Rodgers’ current first-team plans with a plethora of central-midfielders at his disposal. Henderson is probably a better player than the Italian second-tier, even though Bari are chasing the title this season. The Scotland Under-21 international has the ability to turn out for another Scottish Premiership side or even try his hand south of the border in the second or third tier of English football. Henderson will be back on these shores one day.