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CELTS ACE IS £15m TARGET, GUTMAN ON WAY, BAYO SET FOR DEBUT

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PORTUGUESE giants Porto are still keeping tabs on Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

The Hoops knocked back a £13million bid for the French ace in the summer.

Ntcham, who is under contract until 2022, cost £4.5million when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Manchester City in June 2017.

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has continued to monitor the form of the 22-year-old powerhouse and reports insist he will come back in again for the player at the end of the season with an improved offer of around £15million.

Meanwhile, the Hoops are set to finalise a deal for American left-back Andrew Gutman in the next 24 hours after the defender knocked back an offer from MLS outfit Chicago Fire.

The club’s general manager Nelson Rodriguez said: “Andrew was offered a contract, but chose not to accept it. Instead he decided to go with the offer from Celtic.”

New Bhoy Vakoun Issouf Bayo will be free to face Airdrie in the Scottish Cup at Parkhead on Saturday – if his work permit is rubber-stamped in time.

The Ivory Coast striker had a ban hanging over him from Dunajska Streda after being charged with violent conduct.

Bayo served one match of a three-game suspension, but paid a £1,000 fine to avoid the punishment following him to Scotland.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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