Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis has agreed to move to Serie A side Sampdoria, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Speculation emerged last month regarding the forward’s future, suggesting the 28-year-old was poised for a surprise January exit.
Giakoumakis and Celtic have seen contract talks stall and Hoops officials have been looking for a potential replacement, with an offer recently tabled for Cho Gue-sung.
The Italian side still need to agree on terms with Celtic and a loan with an obligation to buy offer has been mooted.
TIF thoughts on Giakoumakis…
Ange Postecoglou lauded Giakoumakis as a ‘hugely important’ player for the Hoops last year, so his likely departure will come as a blow to Parkhead officials and the boss himself.
Should a move to Sampdoria go through, it will be crucial that Celtic replace Giakoumakis, as Postecoglou will be left with Kyogo Furuhashi as the club’s only recognised centre-forward, as per Transfermarkt.
Cho could well be that man, although the Hoops face competition for the South Korea international’s services from Minnesota and Mainz.