CELTIC’S £2million flop forward Vakoun Issouf Bayo is on the brink of a move to Belgium.
Ange Postecoglou gave premission to the player, who spent last season on loan at French second tier club Toulouse, to represent the Ivory Coast in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Japan.
However, Bayo has dramatically withdrawn from the squad for talks with an as-yet unnamed Belgian outfit who are not keen for their possible new aquistion to play in Tokyo in a competition that is not ratified by FIFA which allows clubs to refuse permission for a player’s participation, as reported in the Daily Record.
Toulouse, who failed to win promotion to Ligue 1 despite 10 goals from the 24-year-old frontman, refused to pay the £1.3million asking price to make his move permanent.
However, in the latest twist in his transfer saga, Bayo, who was bought by Brendan Rodgers from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda in January 2019 before he departed to Leicester City the following month, the striker looks to be head to Belgium.
Celtic, of course, have links to the country with Scotland international centre-back Jack Hendry spending the season at KV Oostende before the switch was sealed in a £1.75million move last month. Ukrainian winger Maryan Shved also had a year at Mechelen.
Bayo started just one league game for the Hoops and made eight substitute appearances in 18 months and claimed two goals, against Partick Thistle in the Betfred League and Clyde in the Scottish Cup.