ANDRAZ SPORAR, the Solvan Bartsilava striker who has been tracked by Celtic boss Neil Lennon since last month, looks to be heading for Sporting Lisbon.

A £6.5million deal for the 25-year-old striker is expected to be announced this week.

Celtic switched their attention in their hunt for a new forward to support Odsonne Edouard to Polish hitman Patryk Klimala who is poised to agree a four-and-a-half-year contract with the eight-in-a-row champions.

The Hoops were in talks with the Slovakian outfit and the player’s representatives, but negotiations stalled with Lennon now prepared to pay £3.5million for the 21-year-old hitman from Polish outfit Jagiellonia Blalystok.

Sporar has been in demand in this transfer window and, according to local sports daily journal O Jogo, Sporting are on the brink of pushing through the deal.

The Portuguese giants have also been in the market for a goalscorer and spent the weekend thrashing out a deal with Slovan and the player.

The fee is likely to rise to £6.5million with add-ons, which is more than double the reported original valuation of Sporar.

He will be available to play in the Europa League for Sporting once the agreement goes through – and could yet play at Celtic Park this season.

MIKAEL NDJOLI has agreed a loan deal with Motherwell until the end of the season.

The former Kilmarnock striker will join up at Fir Park from Bournemouth.

Well boss Stephen Robinson may also move for Inverness Caley Thistle attacker Jordan White if they fail in their efforts to bring back Devante Cole from Wigan.

ALAN FORREST, the highly-rated Ayr United forward, is being tracked by Dundee who want him on a pre-contract deal.

Dens Park boss James McPake has made his move for the 23-year-old player, brother of Celtic winger James, and hopes to get him in place for the new campaign.

However, the Tayside outfit will face competition from Partick Thistle who are now bossed by Ian McCall who was Forrest’s gaffer at Somerset Park before his switch to Firhill earlier this season.



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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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