Vakoun Issouf Bayo is delaying a move that would see him move back to french second-tier side Toulouse according to toulouse club president Damien Comoli.
Bayo spent last season on loan at the club, he played 36 times and scored 13 goals. His most notable goal was against Nantes in a promotion playoff game. Toulouse remained in the second division after drawing 2-2 over two legs but Nantes won due to the away goals rule.
As quoted by RecordSport, Comoli had this to say on Bayo;
“The ball is in his court. We are still awaiting a response from him. At the end of the campaign, he told me he wanted to come back here again for the new season.
“I talked about it with our manager, Philippe Montanier. He is a player he wants to have for the new season.
“We had a purchase option which we did not exercise because it would have been too expensive for a Ligue 2 club. We would have considered it if we had won promotion.
“I don’t know if he has a future at Celtic, but I don’t think so. We are waiting to take him back, but the delay is at his end.”
The option to buy fee was reported to be in the region of £1.3 million.
It was widely thought that Bayo would no longer be a Celtic player next season. SunSport reported that the Tunisian champions had made an approach for the 24 year old.
Bayo joined the hoops in the January transfer window of 2019 for a fee of £2 million to replace Leigh Griffiths who had taken time away from football for personal reasons.
Celtic need to sell players who simply aren’t good enough in order to raise transfer funds for new signings this summer.