Ciftci on brink of Wigan switch
WIGAN look set to beat Celtic to Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci, after Latics boss Gary Caldwell had a £1 million bid for the Turkish striker accepted.
And former Hoops defender Caldwell has been given permission to hold talks with Ciftci after a Celtic bid thought to be in the region of £900,000 was thrown out by United chief Stephen Thompson. (Scottish Sun)
Burnley join race for Vossen
CELTIC could also miss out on Genk striker Jelle Vossen, after Burnley joined the race for the Belgian forward.
Belgian publication HLN confirmed that the 26-year-old was holding talks with the Championship outfit, while Middlesbrough are hoping Genk will give the go-ahead for a second loan deal, with an option to buy if they are promoted to the Premiership.,
Vossen scored five goals in 23 appearances for Boro last season. (HLN)
Celtic close to Janko deal
CELTIC are close to finalising a deal for Manchester United starlet Saidy Janko, with the Swiss teen believed to be back in Scotland for further talks.
The 19-year-old held preliminary discussions with the Hoops last week and could seal a switch to Glasgow by the end of the week.
Janko, who spent last season on loan at Bolton, can play at right back or right midfield. (Daily Record)
Gers bring in Gibson and Lang
RANGERS boss Mark Warburton has added two youngsters to the club’s academy as he looks to build for the future, bringing in Tom Lang and Jordan Gibson.
Lang, 18, is a Scotland youth team-mate of Ryan Hardie and joins from Birmingham while 17-year-old striker Gibson is a former Stoke and West Brom trainee.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton is also reported to be considering deals for 23-year-old former Doncaster right-back Reece Wabara and former Livingston and Middlesbrough winger Andy Halliday. (The Scotsman)
Hearts target ‘coming to Scotland’
The defender is believed to be heading to Tynecastle on a three-year contract having received a work permit, according to website AfricanFootball.com.
Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday were also said to be interested in the player, who appeared at the 2014 World Cup for Nigeria. (The Scotsman)
Hibs table bid for Breda midfielder Joey Suk
HIBERNIAN have reportedly put in a bid for NAC Breda midfielder Joey Suk, according to reports in the Netherlands.
The Dutch-Indonesian, who has had spells with Beerschot and Go Ahead Eagles, recently had a trial with Burton Albion and is described as a robust defensive midfielder.
It is believed Breda have allowed Suk to leave in a bid to cut costs following their relegation from the Eredivisie.
Meanwhile, Alan Stubbs hasn’t given up hope of bringing Dylan McGeouch back to Easter Road following his loan spell last season. (Herald)
Lennon tipped for Leicester job
The Foxes unexpectedly emptied manager Nigel Pearson yesterday, citing ‘fundamental differences’, and Lennon has been tipped as an early favourite to replace him, behind Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Leicester held their own in the Premiership last year, avoiding relegation and chipping in with a number of good performances. (Scottish Sun)
News in brief
• Motherwell have signed Louis Laing and Louis Moult from Nottingham Forest and Wrexham respectively
• Ross County have signed defensive trio Richard Foster, Chris Robertson and Andrew Davies
• Livingston have swooped for Aberdeen midfielder Kieran Gibbons, who has signed a one-year deal