Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Wout Weghorst | Barnsley want Nicky Clark| Leeds keen on Stokes

Wout Weghorst in action during the UEFA U21 Championship second leg playoff between Portugal and the Netherlands. Picture: Getty Images

Wout Weghorst in action during the UEFA U21 Championship second leg playoff between Portugal and the Netherlands. Picture: Getty Images

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Celtic linked with Dutch striker Wout Weghorst, Barnsley keen on Rangers striker Nicky Clark, and Leeds United interested in signing Anthony Stokes in January.

Weghorst a target for Celtic?

CELTIC could move for Dutch striker Wout Weghorst, after a projected move to Cardiff fell through.

The 23-year-old was the subject of a £700,000 bid from the Bluebirds - but Weghorst’s club Heracles Almelo are after a fee in the region of £2.8 million.

And Celtic, who have money to spend, are thought to be weighing up a move for the 6ft 5.5in striker. (Various)

Ajer joins Celtic on trial

CELTIC have taken 17-year-old Norwegian starlet Kristoffer Ajer on trial.

The midfielder is currently attached to IK Start in his homeland and joins compatriots Ronny Deila and Stefan Johansen for a week-long session. (BBC Sport)

Pantic ‘open to Celtic move’

CELTIC target Aleksandar Pantic would be open to a move to Glasgow, according to his agent Zoran Krneta, who helped engineer Jozo Simunovic’s transfer.

The Villarreal defender is currently on loan at Eibar but wouldn’t dismiss interest from Celtic.

Krneta said: “Aleksandar would definitely consider Celtic. They are a big club. I have a good relationship with them and if they want to talk about Aleksandar, we will do that.” (Scottish Sun)

Hoops deny Borja Viguera loan bid

CELTIC have denied reports in Spain that they are keen on taking Athletic Bilbao striker Borja Viguera on loan.

The club had been linked with a move for the former Real Sociedad and Alaves striker, 28, but insiders at Parkhead have denied any interest in the Rioja-born forward. (Scottish Sun)

Barnsley eye Clark deal

RANGERS forward Nicky Clark could be on his way to England, with Barnsley a possible destination.

The former Queen of the South forward has flitted in and out of the Ibrox first team this season, and his current deal expires at the end of the 2015/16 season.

The 24-year-old is also on the radar of several Scottish Premiership and English Championship sides and while Rangers could yet offer new terms, Clark is expected to leave Glasgow. (HITC)

Gers agree terms with Stanley pair

RANGERS have moved a step closer to signing Accrington Stanley duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass after agreeing personal terms with the players

It is understood that both players - utility man Crooks and playmaker Windass - have accepted pre-contract offers from the Ibrox club.

However, Stanley owner Andy Holt has described the interest from Rangers as ‘unsolicited’ - even though the Scottish Championship leaders are operating within Fifa rules. (The Scotsman)

Hibs hopeful over Kiltie

HIBS are still hopeful of bringing in Kilmarnock winger Greg Kiltie, barely a day after confirming the loan signing of Niklas Gunnarsson.

Kiltie, who turns 19 later this month, is on Alan Stubbs’ radar but has been offered new terms at Rugby Park and manager Gary Locke is hopeful the Scotland Under-21 star will stay on in Ayrshire. (Various)

Leeds plot Stokes swoop

LEEDS could move for frozen-out Celtic forward Anthony Stokes before the transfer window slams shut.

The Irish striker has long been linked with the Elland Road side and has barely featured for the Hoops this season.

He was suspended for two weeks and drew criticism for a sarcastic tweet after being left out of the squad to face Inverness in the Highland capital. (Various)

Anier set to remain at Hibs

HENRI Anier is set to spend the remainder of the season at Hibs after it emerged Dundee United did not insert a recall clause in the Estonian striker’s loan deal.

Mixu Paatelainen had hoped to have both Anier and Robbie Muirhead back at Tannadice to bolster his attacking options but will have to do without the former Motherwell hitman. (Various)

Blackett ‘still at Celtic’

TYLER Blackett is still with Celtic, despite reports the defender was on the verge of an Old Trafford recall.

The versatile Manchester United stopper has played just seven games for the Hoops and Celtic boss Ronny Deila says there has been no word from United chiefs about Blackett returning. (Various)

Accies bring in ex-Germany youth international

HAMILTON have completed the signing of former Germany youth international Christopher Mandiangu.

The 23-year-old attacker, who has been training with the New Douglas Park club, will be eligible for the Scottish Cup clash against Annan after gaining international clearance. (The Scotsman)

Hoops open Souttar talks

CELTIC are set to open talks with Dundee United’s versatile defender John Souttar amid claims the player is set to stay on at Dundee United.

Also able to play the holding midfield role, Souttar is out of contract at Tannadice and Celtic could pounce amid uncertainty over his future after talks over a new deal at United reportedly broke down.

But Tannadice boss Mixu Paatelainen has claimed that the in-demand player is ‘certain to re-sign’ for United. (The Scotsman)

Christie ‘can’t wait for Celtic debut’

RYAN Christie has admitted he can’t wait to get going at Celtic after watching his team-mates in recent weeks.

The Scotland Under-21 star has been doing his rehabilitation with the Hoops as he battles back from a knee injury sustained while playing for Inverness in early November. (The Scotsman)

NEWS IN BRIEF

• Former Rangers vice-chairman Donald Findlay has admitted he would be ‘thrilled’ if Cowdenbeath can beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup

• David Hopkin has been installed as manager of Livingston after three games as caretaker boss

• Dumbarton defender Wullie Gibson has left the club after agreeing an early release from his contract

• Scott Brown has returned to St Johnstone after a short loan spell with Dumbarton

• Alloa Athletic have extended Rangers midfielder Robbie Crawford’s loan deal and have brought in ex-Dundee and St Mirren footballer Lee Sharp as first-team coach.

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