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The battle to sign Ecuadorian wonder-kid Jose Cifuentes might have just become a one-horse race.

The battle to sign Ecuadorian wonder-kid Jose Cifuentes might have just become a one-horse race.

According to the Scottish Sun in early August, the champions of England and Scotland were going head-to-head for the 20-year-old America de Quito starlet in an old-school, ‘Battle of Britain'-style transfer tussle.

Manchester City made a bid of £2 million for Cifuentes, who shot to fame with a series of all-action displays during the U20 World Cup earlier this summer, but a potential move to the Etihad Stadium fell through with Pep Guardiola’s side reluctant to fork over a substantial chunk of cash to his agent.

With the English transfer window slamming shut one week ago, this might have left Celtic free to negotiate a deal for a player who is clearly flattered by interest from the dominant force of Scottish football.

"It would be very interesting to play there, in the Scottish league. They're are a good team - and I want to be the protagonist in a lot of competitions,” Cifuentes told Football Scotland earlier in August.

A deep-lying midfielder with a wonderful passing range and the stamina to run for days, signing Cifuentes certainly makes sense, especially after Scott Brown endured a night to forget in Celtic’s humiliating Champions League defeat to Cluj on Tuesday.

The captain is not getting any younger and, at the age of 34, doubts persist about his ability to control games against European opposition these days.

Cifuentes would not only provide some much-needed competition, he would also give Celtic a long-term successor once Brown finally calls it a day.

Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio has today issued a hands-off warning to Celtic, and any other clubs, looking to tempt away his top stars.

Following Kieran Tierney’s £25 million move to Arsenal last week, Killie left-back and Scotland international Greg Taylor has been linked with a move to the Hoops, with the Daily Record claiming the Parkhead club had recently sent scouts to watch the defender in action.

But it seems under-fire boss Alessio doesn’t think any of his senior players will be lured away before the current transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s League Cup tie at home to Hamilton, the Italian coach said via the Sun: “I want to keep the best players in our team: Taylor, O’Donnell and other players.

“In the next two weeks I don’t think this player can go to other teams. I’ve read about Greg but I think they are just rumours.

“I don’t think (the club would sell him) because the club and I want to keep the best player in our team.

“We need to add other players up front but this is a very difficult market because other teams want the same players. Maybe next week we’ll have some players.”

If Taylor isn’t to be a Celtic player this month, Neil Lennon’s side have also been linked with a move for Rosenborg defender Birger Meling, but which player do you think would be better suited to the move?

And where else would you say Celtic need to strengthen before the window closes?

Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is reportedly a target for Celtic, who are keen to take him on loan.

The 23-year-old joined the Cherries for a club record £15m in 2016, but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team.

Last season Ibe made 19 appearances in the Premier League but only nine starts, contributing one goal and one assist.

According to The Sun, Celtic are keen to take him on a season-long loan deal, adding another winger to Neil Lennon's squad.

Ibe was on the bench for the draw with Sheffield United at the weekend, but the English side are thought to be open to loaning him out.

If he's out for an extended period of time, manager Eddie Howe may decide to keep Ibe in his squad.

Serie A sides Napoli and Fiorentina are also reported to be interested in Ibe, as are La Liga's Espanyol and Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 15 August 2019 - 18:06:47 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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