After a series of low-budget transfers that were completed before the window opened, Celtic are in the market for a striker who is in demand across the continents. The crucial lack of a release clause allows Gue-Sung Cho’s employer, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, to wait deep into the month before they decide to if they will sell their World Cup star. It would be a mistake to assume our run of quickly concluded and low-cost transfers would be the way from now on, those in demand will always take time.
While a buyer has to agree a deal with the selling club first, deals like these are often determined by where the player wants to play as much by who offers the highest transfer fee. If Gue-Sung Cho’s agent has settled on Celtic, he will not be moving to the USA or Turkey. There is little reason to believe anything will happen soon here.
As a consequence, Giorgos Giakoumakis will likely have to wait for a while to know where his future lies. Celtic will not release him before securing backfill.