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ITALIANS’ JOY AT LIAM ‘BARGAIN’

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ITALIAN side Bari reckon they have landed a bargain in Liam Henderson.

The Serie B outfit revealed they paid Celtic just £115,000 to land the Scotland Under-21 midfielder – only months after they were told he would cost just under £1million.

Henderson enjoyed a superb start to his career in Italy when he scored in his new club’s win over Ternana at the weekend.

Bari sporting director, Sean Sogliano, said: “Liam Henderson’s transfer was seven months in the making for us.

“We ended up signing him for only 130,000 euros. Last year we were told he would cost two million euros.

“There were also a number of clubs who wanted to sign him, too, like Preston, for example.

“The turning point for us was knowing his contract was going to expire at the end of the season and we knew his value would diminish.

“He has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and we also have a renewal option.

“It’s a very good piece of business.”

Henderson, 21, who had a loan spell at Hibs two seasons ago, made only a fleeting substitute’s appearance for the Hoops this season when he came on against Dundee in October.

Bari snapped him up after he impressed them during trials at the start of last month.

 
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