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Giorgos Giakoumakis closes in on post Celtic transfer as striker to quit MLS after just one year

Giorgos Giakoumakis is set to quit Atlanta United just over a year after leaving Celtic to sign for them.

The Greek striker headed Stateside in the January transfer window of 2023 after growing frustrated at a lack of starts in Ange Postecoglou's Hoops team an turning down the offer of a new deal. He was no failure at Parkhead and finished his first season as joint top scorer in the league and contributing before leaving midway through the following campaign.

Giakoumakis continued to find the net for Atlanta and was joint second top scorer, quickly winning over fans like he did in Glasgow. His form caught the attention of Mexican side Cruz Azul, whose interest was reported earlier this month. They followed up with an £8million bid and the 29-year-old is set to make the move.

Fabrizio Romano is now reporting the player is keen and his agent is looking to progress the move. The Hoops have previously negotiated sell-on clauses when selling the likes of Kieran Tierney and Jeremie Frimpong but it's not clear if they managed to do it with this one.

Speaking recently about his Celtic exit, Giakoumakis said: "I said, ‘Okay, you know what? Now you have to give me what I deserve. I was waiting. And then they said no.

"At the end of the day, I was like 'do I want to go there again with this s*** weather - maybe even worse than Glasgow?' One year in Glasgow and I went out with my son in the park one time. That is miserable. I said (to Midtjylland) 'thank you, but I at least need the normal weather' - that was the reason.

“Carlos [Bocanegra, Atlanta vice president and technical director] was the only one, the only director that flew to Glasgow just to meet me. And I really appreciated that. They showed me straight away that, you know what, you’re really important. We don’t care if you’re going to be able to sign for [us] or not, we just want to meet you.”