CELTIC have been linked with £25million DR Congo international forward Yannick Bolasie who has been frozen out at Everton.

The 30-year-old attacker joined the Goodison outfit for a huge fee from Crystal Palace in 2016, but has made only 32 appearances and spent last season on loan at Anderlecht where he scored six goals in 17 appearances.

However, Bolasie, who was born in France, has dropped further down the pecking order with the Merseysiders splashing £28million on Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi on deadline day.

The eight-in-a-row champions. along with French side Rennes and Turkish giants Besiktas are now said to be showing an interest in the player who turned down a move to CSKA Moscow, according to a report in Goal.com.

Bolasie has made 33 international appearances for DR Congo where he was a team-mate of Youssouf Mulumbu, who was released by Neil Lennon last month with a year of his contract still to run after being signed as a free agent by Brendan Rodgers.

An obvious stumbling block would be trying to match the £80,000-per-week wages the player is on at Everton who could be open to another temporary transfer for the experienced frontman who is under contract until June 2021.

Bolasie was not involved in manager Marco Silva’s squad for the goalless draw against Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League opener yesterday.

BERAM KAYAL has been brought in on a season-long loan by Charlton to replace Joe Aribo who joined Rangers in the summer.

The former Celtic midfielder was allowed to leave Brighton by new manager Graham Potter, but sat out the 3-1 Championship win over Stoke City yesterday as he awaited official clearance.

Kayal, 31, joined the south coast side from the Hoops in a £700,000 switch in January 2015 and helped them to promotion to the top flight.

The Israeli featured 45 times in all competitions during his debut season, but missed three months of the 2016/17 season with an ankle injury.

Charlton have been searching for a replacement for Aribo who quit Lee Bowyer’s club at the end of his contract on a bargain £300,000 move to Steven Gerrard’s side.

DAVIE MOYES is on the shortlist of managers to lead David Beckham’s Inter Miami into the MLS next year.

The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland gaffer, who was linked with the Celtic job before Neil Lennon was appointed in May, is wanted by Old Trafford icon David Beckham when the club enter the MLS in February.

Moyes, who played for the Hoops in the eighties, could face competition from ex-Rangers midfielder Rino Gattuso, was was sacked by AC Milan last season. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has also been mentioned as a possibility.

The 56-year-old Scot, who also had a spell at Real Sociedad, is currently out of work after being axed by West Ham last year.

GLENN WHELAN, the Republic of Ireland international defender who is a free agent after being released by Aston Villa, is poised to conclude negotiations with Hearts.

Tynecastle boss Davie Moyes, speaking to the Edinbugh Evening News, admitted: “I’m still working away on that. I will pick it up again at the beginning of the week.

“There is a possibility it might be done for next week and I’m working on another couple of things, as well. I don’t want to share that with you at the moment.”

Steven Naismith, who agreed a four-year deal with the Edinburgh outfit, was taken off as a precaution during half-time in the 0-0 draw with Ross County yesterday.

The 32-year-old Scotland striker felt his hamstring tighten and Levein added: “I didn’t want to take any risks. I don’t know if he will be okay for next week, but, certainly, he came off before there were any major problems.”


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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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