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Celtic Might Reignite Interest In This Slovak Striker: Why Postecoglou Must Take The Call

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Celtic are aggressively pursuing their transfer targets for the winter window and have already roped in a few new names to bolster themselves across the pitch. According to the Daily Record, fresh reports in the Czech Republic have claimed the Hoops’ interest in Ladislav Almasi. They were after him back in the summer, however, the chase could be reignited if the Bhoys fail to tie down Cho Gue-sung.

The 23-year-old Slovakia international began his career in the youth setup of Dunajská Streda. Then he left for Senica and eventually broke into their senior squad back in 2016. Meanwhile, the attacker returned to Dunajská Streda a few months later to make an impression in the first-team ranks and was loaned out to Šamorín and Petržalka for regular gametime. His sharpness in front of the goal saw him plying his trade at Ruzomberok two years ago.

Giorgos Giakoumakis

Almasi left his country for the very first time in favour of a six-month loan stint with Russian side Akhmat Grozny. Although it was not the most productive spell, Czech outfit Baník Ostrava secured his services for €470k in the summer of 2021. So far he has fired 21 goals in 43 outings, including 5 this season in 7 league appearances [stats via Transfermarket].

Why Celtic Could Consider A Move For Almasi

Celtic, meanwhile, are well-equipped high up the pitch with Kyogo Furuhashi spearheading the attack week in week out. The Japanese ace has been a revelation since his low-key transfer last summer, also Giorgos Giakoumakis is offering a different kind of threat with his aerial as well as physical presence inside the box. The Greek hitman has done well as the understudy to Furuhashi, but the growing uncertainty over his future might force the club to explore the market once again.

If a report from Record Sport is believed to be true, Giakoumakis’ contract talks broke down recently. The Celts would now listen to offers from potential suitors, but, at the same time, must find a replacement to restore balance and quality in the attacking third.

Ange Postecoglou has already signed an array of Japanese stars since his appointment as the Parkhead chief. His connection and contacts in the Far East make Celtic one of the favourites to land Gue-sung in the coming days. The South Korean World Cup hero is also on Fenerbahce and Rennes’ radar, and the Hoops, therefore, should keep their Plan B ready given the Slovak centre-forward’s availability for £2.2m.

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