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In a twist of events, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is now being linked with a return to Celtic.

In a twist of events, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is now being linked with a return to Celtic.

According to the Daily Record in Scotland, the North London club have already opened the door for the Kenyan captain to return to Parkhead.

The English side will consider loan offers for their out-of-favour midfielder if they can’t seal a permanent move before the close of the European transfer deadline at midnight on Monday.

The latest reports come after Belgian side Club Brugge had reportedly agreed a £13 million deal for the Kenyan star, but sources on both sides of the English channel have said that deal now looks unlikely.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon previously worked with Wanyama and put him and Fraser Forster at the top of his wanted list in this window.

Celtic won’t spend the money to buy Wanyama on a permanent deal but are interested in a loan deal if they can agree on wages.

The Kenyan international spent two seasons at Celtic Park from 2011 to 2013, before moving to Southampton for £12.5m.

The Scottish champions would struggle to cover half of his current Tottenham salary and would rely on the Premier League side to supplement his wages.

It’s still a long shot as Spurs would prefer a permanent transfer but the player has not ruled out a return to Scotland.

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Celtic’s Scott Sinclair, but if the interest is genuine they are probably going to need some help to make it happen.

The Black Cats have spent all summer shaving around £8m off their wage bill by letting the likes of Lee Cattermole, Bryan Ovideo, Donald Love, Adam Matthews, George Honeyman, Reece James and Glenn Loovens go and replacing them with players signed from League One and the Championship.

Left-back is the priority on League One deadline day, with Denver Hume their only senior player in that position. Right-footer Conor McLaughlin has had to play there in four of the last six matches because of injury and loss of form from the 21-year-old. Sunderland need cover to guard against that.

Celtic-linked Yannick Bolasie has sent a cryptic tweet about his Everton career.

Today is transfer deadline day for a number of European countries and Bolasie, for now, remains a Toffee.

The 30-year-old winger, who cost Everton £28 million in 2016 [The Guardian], appears to have no future at Goodison Park while manager Marco Silva is there and Celtic have been touted as a potential destination [Goal.com] last month.

But time is running out if the DR Congo attacker is to leave Merseyside - and Bolasie claims on Twitter that certain people are treating his career 'like lego'.

If Bolasie does leave Everton, it seems unlikely that he'll be joining Celtic.

The transfer would have only worked as a loan in the first place, given that the Hoops can't afford an outright transfer fee on top of his wages.

But the Scottish Premiership champions signed Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan from Southampton on Friday - a player who, like Bolasie, can play on both wings.

At this stage it's probable that Celtic boss Neil Lennon doesn't need the former Crystal Palace star, though he has also been linked with a move for Jordon Ibe so maybe, just maybe, another wide option is on the Northern Irishman's agenda.

Celtic have been linked with a move for Manchester City right-back Jeremie Frimpong.

The Dutch-born 18-year-old has been at the Etihad for three years, and is described on the club's website as an "agile, attacking full-back".

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are close to completing a permanent deal to bring him to Parkhead.

Frimpong was part of the under-23 side which reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy last season.

Neil Lennon already has Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer as right-back options, but Frimpong may be seen as one for the future.

The Hoops have already signed Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi from English sides this summer, with the intention of developing them at Celtic Park.

A move for Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor is also expected to be completed today.

The fee is believed to be around £2m, with the possibility of one or more players heading to Rugby Park on loan as part of the deal.

Posted by voc1967 on Monday 02 September 2019 - 10:03:27 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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