Celtic have tabled an improved bid in the region of £5m for AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas, according to reports in the Greek media.
The Hoops were said to have had an initial £3.2m offer turned down for the 26-year-old, but they are hopeful that the second proposal will be enough to seal a deal.
It is believed Barkas has already agreed personal terms with the Scottish champions and fans on Twitter are hoping that the move can now be finalised:
5 Million would be a steal for this guy. Looks quality
— PaddyWalsh (@Paddyboy124) July 24, 2020
We've less than a week to K.O to get it sorted. Now HH 🍀🇮🇪
— Dan Seacroft (@seacroft_dan) July 24, 2020
ok…this is better
— Donal (@Donal23159380) July 24, 2020
If true that’s should be enough.!
— Ged Sweeney (@sweeneytodd1980) July 24, 2020
This guy looks really good. Will be pleased if we can get it done
— David Shields (@DavidJo70904530) July 24, 2020
Fingers crossed. HH.
— Daniel Mcgoldrick (@DanielMcgoldri3) July 23, 2020
Brilliant news we could not be waiting forever for forster especially how much his wages are, hopefully is good keeper, now get a cb and striker and were sorted
— John McFarlane (@johnm_93) July 24, 2020
please be true
— nathan (@nathancadger) July 23, 2020
Would be happy to see this transfer happen. After that I think it's important we get another central defender in front of him.
— CeltFromOz (@CassarHouse) July 24, 2020
It remains to be seen if AEK will accept the new bid. It had been claimed that the Greek Super League club were looking for a fee in the region of €7m (£6.3m) so Celtic’s offer is still below the asking price.
Neil Lennon’s side are seemingly stepping up their attempts to sign a new number one, though, which is not before time considering the new season is fast approaching.