Prolific Rangers-linked striker Thomas Henry is ‘on the verge’ of signing for Belgian top-flight club Gent in a multi-million-pound transfer, according to the Daily Record.
Last week, Football Insider reported that the Gers, Watford and Southampton were keen on OH Leuven’s talisman, who scored 21 goals last season and has three in four matches so far this campaign.
The Scottish Sun subsequently reported that not only were Celtic also in the hunt, but that the Hoops were actually in pole position to land him for around £7m.
However, it now looks as though neither Old Firm club will land the forward.
That’s because the Daily Record reports that a £4.5m plus add-ons switch to Gent is ’95 per cent’ complete after the two clubs ‘shook hands’ on a deal last week.
It’s been suggested that Leuven’s board grew impatient with Celtic for failing to move quickly enough, prompting them to accept what had been tabled by Gent.
Rangers and Celtic-linked striker heading elsewhere
It always seemed unlikely that Rangers would spend several million pounds on a new striker unless one of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe or Cedric Itten was sold first.
However, given his impressive goalscoring tally from last season, it was conceivable that 6ft 4″ Henry was being lined up as a possible replacement for Morelos.
He may not be coming to Ibrox but Bears may well be relieved that he doesn’t seem to be heading to Celtic Park, either, as he may have proven a handful for Connor Goldson and co. in Old Firms.
In other transfer news, a Premiership club are reportedly looking for £3m for a player some Rangers fans are desperate to see at Ibrox.