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Ex-Watford, Gent forward Foley compares Celtic target Balde to Wanyama

Former Wolves, Watford and Gent forward Dominic Foley suggests new Celtic target Amido Balde can have as much of an impact in Scotland as midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Foley played alongside VitoriaGuimaraes striker Balde at Cercle Bruges in 2011/12 and is of the belief that he can reach the same heights as ex-Germinal Beerschot man Wanyama has at Parkhead.

"I played against Wanyama when he was at Beerschot, before his move to Celtic," he told SunSport.

"He was a good enough player who had potential.

"But he's gone on to Celtic and done a lot better than I thought he would.

"He was pretty raw when he was there. But he's reached a new level in Scotland and I think the same can be true of Amido.

"He was never a big star in Belgium, but neither was Wanyama and look what's happened to him since.

"Amido must have improved a lot since we played together at Cercle Bruges. He was very raw when he was there, but in fairness he was a still a young man.

"The first thing you notice about him is that he's a really big unit - he's well over six feet tall.

"He's a battering ram type of striker, so you can see him being well suited to British football."

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