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CELTIC TARGET TO SEAL £4m DEAL, £1.5m BID KNOCKED BACK, KT NEW TWIST

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JACK STACEY, the Luton Town right-back who has been linked with Celtic, will agree a £4million deal with Bournemouth tomorrow.

The 23-year-old defender – voted the club’s Young Player of the Year last season after helping the team to clinch the League One title – has already been the subject of three failed bids this summer.

However, the Kenilworth Road outfit have accepted the bid from Eddie Howe’s top-flight side and the attacking full-back, who scored four goals in 45 appearances, will have a medical in the morning before signing a four-year contract – if, of course, there are no hitches.

Neil Lennon will continue his pursuit of a new No.2 following the double exit of Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa at the end of their contracts last month.

At the moment, the Hoops chief only has Scotland Under-21 star Anthony Ralston to cover the position.

ROMAINE SAWYERS, the Brentford midfielder, was the subject of an unsuccessful £1.5million weekend offer from Celtic.

The 27-year old has been on Lennon’s radar as he attempts to strengthen his squad’s engine room with Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham involved in transfer speculation.

Sawyers, with just one year to run on his contract, could be allowed to leave for £2.5million and the Scottish title kings are expected to make a second bid within the next 24 hours.

KIERAN TIERNEY’S transfer saga took a new twist with Italian media reports insisting Napoli’s summer priority signing is Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.

Carlo Ancelotti has been looking to splash the cash ahead of his club’s involvement in the Champions League in the new season.

The former Chelsea manager has been in competition with Arsenal boss Unai Emery for £25million-rated Scotland international defender Tierney in recent weeks.

However, if the speculation has substance, it looks as though Ancelotti has switched his attention to 27-year-old Colombian Rodriguez who still has two years of his contract to run.

Real rate the player in the £40million bracket, but the Serie A side may not be prepared to do business at that level for the attacker who has failed to hit the heights in Spain.

The Gunners had a derisory offer of £15million for Tierney booted out last month, but they may now have a clear field if the Serie A outfit look elsewhere.

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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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