By Wayne Veysey

14th Aug, 2021 | 8:00am

Revealed: Thomas Henry 'wants to join Celtic' in crushing blow to Rangers after bid accepted

Thomas Henry has his heart set on joining Celtic in a major blow to Rangers and Gent, his agent has exclusively told Football Insider.

The three clubs are locked in a battle to sign Leuven striker Henry, 26, this month as they look to recruit a prolific goalscorer.

Now his UK representative Paul Tait has told Football Insider that Henry’s “preference is to join Celtic if they can agree a fee with Leuven”.

This comes after this site broke the news yesterday evening that Gent have had a £4.5million bid accepted by Belgian rivals Leuven for the front man.

That placed the 17th place Belgian club in pole position to prise the star player from their 16th place rivals in the early league table.

But the latest twist is an intriguing one as Celtic set their sights on a potential replacement for Odsonne Edouard ahead of the transfer window cut-off.

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His UK representative, Paul Tait, explained how Henry sees his future amid the deluge of interest in the UK and on the Continent.

“Thomas’ preference is to join Celtic if they can agree a fee with Leuven,” he told Football Insider.

“Gent have agreed a fee with Leuven and they are in pole position to land Thomas.”

Gent are after Henry to replace Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk, who they sold to Benfica for £15m earlier this month.

Rangers and Celtic are in the market for potential replacements for their own star forwards, Edouard and Alfredo Morelos.

The futures of the pair remain in considerable doubt going into the final three weeks of the window.

Henry has an outstanding record at Belgian top-tier outfit Leuven, where he has scored 45 times in 78 appearances as well as supplied 12 assists.

The French forward has a contract at Leuven that runs until the summer of 2023 after signing an extension in January of last year.

In other news, Celtic have landed an ‘absolutely brilliant’ new hire after terms agreed.