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Report: Celtic and Graham Potter’s Brighton set to miss out on Theo Bongonda

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Report: Celtic and Graham Potter’s Brighton set to miss out on Theo Bongonda

Theo Bongonda is close to joining Genk.

Celtic have been credited with an interest in Zulte Waregem winger Theo Bongonda. According to Belgian media outlet DH, Celtic provided competition with Genk for Bongonda but he is expected to stay in Belgium.

Bongonda’s move from Zulte Waregem to Genk should be announced in the coming days. It looks like Celtic will miss out on this deal.

 

Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion will also be disappointed. Graham Potter was eyeing the lively winger as his first signing but Genk look likely to win the race.

German duo Hertha Berlin and Mainz, as well as French side Rennes, were another three clubs keen on the former Celta Vigo winger.

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But after scoring 14 goals and providing 14 assists this season, the 23-year-old is set to stay in Belgium. He will be hoping to kick on as Genk line him up to replace Leandro Trossard.

The ex-Belgium U21 starlet would have added competition for places at Parkhead. Neil Lennon is considering his options ahead of next season in case he is offered the full-time job.

After an impressive stint in Belgium, Bongonda has been tipped for big things. But a move to Glasgow is not likely at this stage. Instead, Bongonda will remain in the Belgian top-flight with a €7m (just over £6m) price touted.

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