CELTIC have been linked with a French double-act as Neil Lennon continues to raid the French market.

The Hoops have spent £16million on striker Odsonne Edouard, from Paris Saint-Germain, and central defender Christopher Jullien, from Toulouse, over the past two seasons.

Now the champions are reported to be monitoring forwards Stephane Diarra, of Le Mans, and Le Harve’s Tino Kadewere who are both on the brink of moves in this transfer window.

Le Mans president Thierry Gomez admitted “it’s an open secret” that 21-year-old Diarra has plenty of options for a move and he told Ouest France: “It’s not ruled out that he could stay with us for next season, but it’s also up to him to decide.

“I think Le Mans would be a good club for him to build a career and right now he’s under contract with us.”

Diarra has been catching the eye in Ligue 2 and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and Newcastle are also keeping tabs on his development.

The Hoops are also believed to have scouted Le Harve Zimbabwean striker Kadewere.

A report in the Daily Mail claims Premier League pair Southampton and Bournemouth are also chasing the 24-year-old hitman who is valued at a whopping £10million.

The Hoops are deadlocked in talks with Slovan Bratislava over frontman Adraz Sporar while they have also been mentioned alongside Brighton’s veteran attacker Glenn Murray who is out of contract the end of the campaign.

SAM STUBBS is on the verge of quitting Hamilton Accies and returning briefly to Middlesbrough.

The Riverside outfit are likely to trigger a recall option on the centre-half’s loan deal this month and send him out to Dutch side ADO Den Haag.

It is a major disappointment for Accies head coach Brian Rice as the 21-year-old had been an impressive performer in the first half of the season.

The move will allow Stubbs to get top-team exposure in Holland and also Boro to recoup more of his wages.

The son of the former Celtic star and Hibs boss Alan will work with ex-Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed as the club’s new head coach last week.


CONOR McCARTHY has joined St Mirren from Irish side Cork City.

The 21-year-old defender said: “Now is the time for me to move on to the next stage of my career, but I would like to thank everyone I have worked with during my time at Cork City and wish the club the very best of luck for 2020 and beyond.”

City gaffer Neale Fenn added; “Conor has been with the club for a number of years now, but the chance has arisen for him to move on and it was a move he was keen to make.

“He has been an excellent player for the club, and he leaves with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.



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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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