Celtic are reportedly set to bid for Scotland international James McFadden with the player out of contract at St.Andrews.
However Birmingham City could invoke a clause in the contract to trigger a further two years, which would mean Celtic would then have to pay a few million to sign the Tartan Army talisman.
McFadden signed for Birmingham in 2008 with a £5 million move from Everton, however last season he was hit with a cruciate injury and hasn’t played since September.
McLeish said: “We’ve got a two-year option on James. That’s the situation. And I wouldn’t think that we would be letting a guy like James McFadden walk out of here free.”
Celtic would however face competition from a number of English clubs to sign the Birmingham player if McLeish decides to let him go.
Watford look to Riordan
Watford look to try to sign Derek Riordan after selling top scorer Danny Graham to EPL new boys Swansea for £3.5 million. Malky Mackay is reportedly a fan of the Hibs striker, whose contract expired earlier this month.
With Crystal Palace, Blackburn and MLS side Houston Dynamo’s keeping tabs on Riordan, and Houston already having a number of offers knocked back by the striker, Watford would need to move quickly if they were to looking to sign Riordan.
Woods returns to England
24-year-old defender Callum Woods has returned south to join Huddersfield on a free transfer after his contract at Dunfermline ran out.
Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre offered Woods a new deal, however the defender rejected the offer and when Huddersfield declared an interest in the Scouser, McIntyre was resigned to lose him, and on Wednesday the defender was officially unveiled at Galpharm Stadium.
Woods said after his transfer: “It was something I had to think long and hard about as I have a big emotional attachment to Dunfermline after being there for five years. I enjoyed every minute of my time at the club with the highlight being winning promotion to the SPL last season. That is something which will stay with me forever.”
“I will miss all the boys at the club as it is a tight-knit group and we have a really close relationship. They should do well next season in the SPL as there are a lot of good players there and the gaffer has already made some new signings which should improve the squad even further.”
“The gaffer tried to convince me to stay but it was difficult when the chance to play for Huddersfield came up. They are obviously playing at a high level in England and there was the added attraction of the fact that it is only an hour’s drive from my home city of Liverpool.
“My family still live there and I went down last week to discuss things with my dad as well as my agent. I now intend to work really hard in pre-season to hit the ground running and hopefully force my way into the starting 11. I know it will be hard though as there are a lot of good players at the club. However, I would like nothing better than to win back-to-back promotions next season by helping Huddersfield step up to the Championship.”
After losing Woods, McIntyre said: “As soon as an English club comes in, there’s no competition. But we wish Calum well as he has been an integral part of the team since I became manager.”
Dunfermline snap up Buddies keeper
Dunfermline have completed the signing of St.Mirren keeper Paul Gallacher, after the 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with the East End Park. The keeper rejected a similar offer from St.Mirren, and returns to Dunfermline where he left in 2009.
Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre told the club’s official website: “Paul has been a top goalkeeper over the years and we are delighted to get him. He was sought after by a few other clubs so I’m very, very pleased to have secured his signature.”
Gallacher will compete with former Saints team-mate Chris Smith, who Gallacher kept out of the Buddies team.
McIntyre said: “It is important that we have two good ‘keepers vying for the number-one spot and Paul’s arrival will provide good competition.”
Buddies sign St.Johnstone keeper Smith
St.Mirren have signed Graeme Smith after the keeper was released by St.Johnstone. The keeper has agreed a 12 month deal and will be a direct replacement for Paul Gallacher, who moved to Dunfermline as we touched on earlier.
Smith will compete with Craig Samson for the number one jersey at St.Mirren Park.
Motherwell captain signs on for one more year
Stephen Craigan has signed on at Motherwell for one more year. The Northern Ireland defender made his debut with the Fir Park side in 1995, before moving to Partick Thistle in 2000, only to return to the Lanarkshire outfit three years later.
Craigan helped Motherwell to sixth place in the SPL and to the Scottish Cup Final for the first time since 1991.
Hibs appoint Derek Adams replacement
Hibernian have appointed Alistair Stevenson as first team coach and assistant manager to Colin Calderwood. Stevenson replaces Derek Adams who left Easter Road after six months to return to Ross County as manager of the Highland club.
Stevenson joined the Easter Road side in 2003 as the club’s Head Youth Academy coach, standing in briefly alongside coach Gareth Evans as caretaker manager when John Hughes was sacked in October last year.
Stevenson helped guide the Hibs Under-19 side to the league and cup double in 2009.