£12M Rated Celtic Target Makes Surprise Decision As He Seals Loan Move

£12M Rated Celtic Target Makes Surprise Decision As He Seals Loan Move

Celtic transfer target Daniel Podence has signed a new contract with Wolves and joined Olympiakos on loan for the rest of the season.

The Portuguese international’s original deal was set to expire at the end of the current campaign, leading to him being linked with a move to Glasgow.

However, Wolves were reportedly holding out for £12m and Podence didn’t end up moving teams on a permanent basis before the English transfer window shut on Friday.

With Greece still able to sign players until September 11th, the 27-year-old has decided to make a temporary move to one of his former teams instead.

Podence has been compared to Eden Hazard

In February last year, talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent likened Podence to Chelsea legend Eden Hazard after scoring a winner versus Leicester:

“What a great strike from Podence. Podence reminds me of Hazard.”

Podence has excellent close-ball control and he would have been a superb addition to the Hoops’ squad if he had made the switch north of the border. Celtic could have offered him Champions League but it’s likely that the player’s wage demands would have scuppered any deal.

Celtic are not exactly short of wingers

Luis Palma’s arrival from AEK Athens just before the transfer deadline means that manager Brendan Rodgers has plenty of wide options available to him.

Marco Tilio and Yang Hyun-jun were also snapped up over the summer, joining the likes of Liel Abada, Daizen Maeda, Sasa Haksabanovic and James Forrest who were already at the club.

You’d have to say the Podence would have been a step up on any of these players, but it will be great to see what Palma, in particular, has to offer. The Honduran will be following in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Emilio Izaguirre, who served the club with distinction over a number of years.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.