According to Les Violets, Said Hamulic finalized his £2 million transfer to Toulouse after turning down an offer to join Ange Postecoglou at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.
The sadness at losing out on one of Europe’s up-and-coming centre-forwards should, at least, be mitigated by the prospective arrival of yet another budding talent from the Far East.
Oh-Hyeon Gyu, a South Korean international, is reportedly the last striker Celtic would pursue. The Hoops have reached a $3.5 million salary and player agreement with Suwon Bluewings.
With 14 goals in the K-League last season, 21-year-old Hyeon-Gyu should make room for the prolific but one-dimensional and somewhat odd fit in Postecoglou’s system, Giorgios Giakoumakis.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Celtic had considered Hamulic as a replacement for Giakoumakis. Hamulic, who stands at a rangy 6 feet 2 inches, was a significant impact player for Stal Mielec in the Polish league because of his lightning quickness and ability to play on the wings.
The Bosnian, who was born in the Netherlands and had offers from Celtic, FC Twente, Royal Charleroi, and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, instead chose Toulouse, who are now 12th in Ligue 1.
“I’m very happy to come to Toulouse,” says Hamulic, who costs around £2 million.
He added: “It’s a big challenge for me, but I like taking on challenges like this. I can’t wait to get to know my new team-mates and the staff and to start to win with them. I’ve seen a lot of Toulouse games this season. The team plays great football, and that’s why I wanted to sign here.”
In addition to Hamulic, Celtic was said to have considered Cho Gue-Sung, Kevin Nisbet, and Casper Tengstedt before deciding on Oh Hyeon-Gyu.
Cho has been quite forthright about his desire to relocate, but he has decided to remain in Korea at least until the summer. Hibernian will not sell Nisbet this month. Tengstedt, however, was always going to be above Celtic’s budget, clinching a possible £10.5 million transfer to Portuguese heavyweights Benfica from Rosenborg.