Celtic set to sign two players in as many days but red tape awaits


Celtic are set to sign Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama and Israeli striker Omer Damari, however despite transfer fees and personal terms being agreed, the red tape of work permits await for both players.

Celtic have reportedly agreed terms with 20-year-old Kenyan Victor Wanyama, with a transfer fee of £1 million set to be paid to Wanyama’s current club, Germinal Beerschot.

It was reported that Rangers and Aston Villa were also interested in signing the teenager, while Standard Liege had an offer for the player accepted by Beerschot. Despite this Neil Lennon’s side agreed terms with the player, with only the work permit to negotiate.

And STV Sport have reported that Celtic have agreed a £2 million fee with Maccabi Petah Tikva for striker Omer Damari. It is reported that the Israeli club would be entitled to 30% of any future transfer fee as part of the deal.

“This is one of Israeli soccer’s biggest transfers,” Petah Tikva president Amos Luzon said. “For the club this deal is unprecedented. I’m happy for Omar and for Israeli soccer. The deal is 90 per cent done. We have just a few last things to close. We’ve already moved the draft contract and the signature is only a procedural matter. I am very proud that our player goes from Maccabi Petah Tikva to Europe.”

Tel Aviv duo Maccabi and Hapoel were also interested in signing the Israeli, however Luzon stated that he did not want to sell to another Israeli club, and this saw Celtic take pole position in the transfer race.

Israeli media have also reported that the striker is set to agree terms with Celtic worth £450,000 per year, just under £9,000 a week.

Both player’s application to the SFA for endorsing a certificate of sponsorship for a UK work permit will automatically be rejected by the governing body, as both players do not meet the criteria of having played 75% of competitive games for their countries in the last two years.

Celtic will then have to face an SFA appeal panel to gain their approval for their work permit application, before it is submitted to the Home Office for finalisation.

Source: STV Sport | Sky Sports | BBC Sport


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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