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Rumour Mill: Fraser Forster | Amido Balde | Garry O’Connor

Southampton are set to bid again for  Fraser Forster. Picture: Robert Perry

Southampton are set to bid again for Fraser Forster. Picture: Robert Perry

Southampton to increase bid for Fraser Forster, Amido Balde set for Belgium and Garry O’Connor to play for free.

Southampton back in for Fraser Forster

Southampton are set to increase their offer for Celtic keeper Fraser Forster after failing to land the England international with a £4m bid. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman said he was closing in on his signing targets and hope to have at least one in place by this weekend. (Express)

John Collins says Celtic will have to strengthen

Celtic asssitant manager John Collins says Celtic are always looking to add players but would not dive in and sign the wrong ones. The Parkhead club have only added Craig Gordon, on a free transfer, and Jo Inge Berget, on loan, to their squad this season. (Express)

• Celtic face competition from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United for Stromsgodset 15 year-old midfielder Martin Odegaard who was hailed by Ronny Deila as one of the most exciting prospects he has ever seen

Amido Balde heading for Celtic exit

Lokeren are considering a move for Celtic forward Amido Balde while it also emerged that manager Ronny Deila is to stay in Glasgow with his first team while his reserves fly to Helsinki to face Tottenham in a friendly.

The Norwegian is hoping to knock his side into shape as they look to turn around a 4 - 1 first leg defeat against Legia Warsaw. (Record)

• Former Celtic player Dariusz Wdowczyk said his former club were “humiliated” in Warsaw and have no chance of making it through the Champions League qualifier

• Callum McGregor says Celtic missed the leadership qualities from captain Scott Brown during their defeat in Poland. Brown is out with a hamstring injury until the middle of next month.

Garry O’Connor to play for Selkirk for free

Selkirk manager Steve ­Forrest has described his search for Garry O’Connor as a case of “planes, trains and automobiles” after the former Scotland striker completed his switch to the Lowland League side.

The 31-year-old, who most recently endured a miserable spell with Morton, officially signed a one-year deal with the Borders club yesterday, although it has been revealed that he will be playing for free.

Rotherham back in for Stevie May

Rotherham United have renewed their attempts to sign St Johnstone striker Stevie May. However, the English Championship side will have to meet Saints’ £800,000 valuation. (Scotsman)

 

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