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Celtic transfer news: Georgios Giakoumakis joins Parkhead’s squad from VVV-Venlo on five-year contract |  Football news

Celtic have signed striker Georgios Giakoumakis from Dutch Second Division VVV-Venlo on a contract worth up to £ 2.5million.

The Greece international – who was the Eredivisie’s top scorer last season with 26 goals – has signed a five-year contract at Parkhead.

The 26-year-old had considered a move between Celtic and Werder Bremen in Bundesliga 2, but he chose the Scottish Premiership side.

Giakoumakis has scored 29 goals in 33 games in all competitions since signing for VVV-Venlo from AEK Athens last summer.

He has also scored one goal in six appearances for Greece since making his national team debut in November 2020.

Giakoumakis becomes the 10th summer recruit of manager Ange Postecoglou

He said: “I am really excited to be starting my long term future with Celtic and looking forward to starting with my new teammates.

“Celtic are one of the great football clubs in the world with the best supporters. They have been a club that I have admired for so long and it will be an honor to wear this famous jersey from now on.

“Knowing that the manager wanted me so badly to join Celtic is really a lesson in humility and it lets me know that I made the right choice.

“We have exciting challenges this season in Scotland and in Europe and I will do my best to help the team as much as possible and bring success to our supporters.”

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Another striker left the club with Leigh Griffiths who joined Dundee on loan until the end of the season

The 31-year-old has not been in a competitive game for Celtic this season, despite signing a new one-year contract at Parkhead in July.

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