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Vakoun Bayo has completed his loan move to French side Toulouse.

The striker has been in France since last week with the deal finalised this morning.

Celtic signed the Ivorian in January 2019 when Leigh Griffiths was unavailable but Bayo only made one brief substitute appearance at Kilmarnock as Celtic underwent a change in management.

Olivier Burke and Timo Weah were played ahead of Bayo with Neil Lennon making it clear in recent weeks that he was looking to bring in another striker.

Toulouse stated:

Toulouse Football Club is strengthening its offensive sector. Ivorian U23 international, striker Vakoun Bayo committed this Wednesday with the club of the Pink City, where he is on loan for a season with option to buy.

And four! After the arrivals of Maxime Dupé, Steve Mvoué and more recently Branco van den Boomen , Toulouse Football Club is pleased to announce the arrival of a new reinforcement within its professional workforce. Hope of his country, Vakoun Bayo was elected best player of the Ivorian championship at the end of the 2014-2015 season, also receiving the golden shoe award of the championship, with 13 achievements registered under the colors of the Stade d ‘ Abidjan. All at only 18!

Now 23 years old, he already has five collective trophies to his name. Vakoun was titled in his first season outside his native Ivory Coast, in Tunisia with Etoile Sportive du Sahel (2016). His first steps in Europe were also widely commented, with eighteen goals scored and seven assists delivered in just twenty-four appearances for Dunajska Streda, allowing his club to climb to second place in the Slovak league, and to participate in the preliminary rounds of the European cups.

Bayo is under contract with Celtic until December 2022 but it’s difficult to see him working his way back into contention.

According to the Daily Record Albian Ajeti is close to agreeing a £5m transfer from West Ham which will instantly strengthen Celtic’s attacking options.

Lennon has been concerned about the reliance on Odsonne Edouard with Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala unable to make a consistent contribution.

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