Celtic transfer update: striker heads to France, talks continue with Albian Ajeti, Steven Fletcher

Bayo to join Toulouse on loan

Celtic's Vakoun Issouf Bayo is heading to France to join Toulouse on loan. Picture: SNS
Celtic's Vakoun Issouf Bayo is heading to France to join Toulouse on loan. Picture: SNS

Celtic striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who has struggled to make an impact since joining the club in January 2019, is to join the French club Toulouse on loan.

His departure could free up funds for manager Neil Lennon to sign another striker.

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Celtic remain in talks with free agent Steven Fletcher and West Ham United’s Albian Ajeti.

Ahead of the Premiership trip to Kilmarnock on Sunday, Lennon was asked about his club’s interest in Fletcher.

He said: “Talks are ongoing at the minute. Nothing confirmed. We will just have to wait and see.”

On the prospect of Ajeti making the move to the Scottish champions, the Northern Irishman said: “Ongoing talks as well.

“I am not aware of how close we are in doing that, I know talks are ongoing.

“That’s my position at the minute, it may or may not happen, as is the case with a lot of deals we are trying to negotiate.

“I am pretty sure Bayo is going to join Toulouse on loan.”

Although the transfer window is open until October, Lennon would like to get more players in before the Champions League qualifiers begin.

He said: “It would be good to get a couple more bodies and obviously you can name them in the Uefa line-up as well.”

Left-back Greg Taylor picked up an ankle knock but should be fine for Rugby Park.

Striker Leigh Griffiths is unavailable with a calf strain while winger Mikey Johnston is still waiting on surgery to resolve a calf complaint.

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