WESTERN AUSTRALIA have finally made their ambitious move to take Celtic skipper Scott Brown to the nation’s A-League.
The 33-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract in June, will be offered a three-year contract to quit Parkhead after 11-and-a-half years at the club following his £4.4million switch from Hibs.
And the new Aussie franchise have made contact with the Scottish champions to inform them of their intentions as they hope to make Brown their marquee signing for the new season.
The Hoops have also offered the player a new deal and manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Peter Lawwell have already said they would like to keep the former Scotland captain who quit the international scene last year.
Brown could make the decision this month during the club’s winter break in Dubai.
The Aussie outfit’s sporting director Steve Horvath admitted: “We have enough feelers out – not only worldwide, but in Australia – that we are looking to be making announcements probably as early as first thing in the New Year.”
STAYING POWER…Filip Benkovic looks like remaining at Celtic. Pic: Geo.
One player who looks to be staying at Parkhead – on loan, at least – is Croatian Under-21 central defender Filip Benkovic with Leicester City boss Claude Puel confirming he is happy for his £13million star to remain until the end of the season.
The Frenchman said: “We have a lot of defenders at the club. Assuming we don’t pick up any injuries, it’s better Filip maintains his loan at Celtic.”
However, £1.3million centre-half Jack Hendry, bought just last year from Dundee, will be allowed to leave in a temporary transfer and Sunderland, Portsmouth and Bradford City are showing an interest.
Dedryck Boyata WILL be on his way when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to his agent Jacques Lichtenstein.
The Belgian has resolutely declined to sign a new deal and can now talks to prospective buyers and arrange a pre-contract.
German misfit Marvin Compper is set to end a disastrous 12-month spell in Glasgow while Honduran left-back Emilio Izaguirre – who returned to the club in the summer – has been linked with a move to Turkish side Goztepe.