Celtic want two Premier League players as duo face exit while Rangers return unlikely for Adam: Old Firm transfer rumours
Celtic could have a busy end to the summer window, if today's Old Firm transfer rumours are to be believed.
The Hoops' hopes of landing Manchester City centre-half Jason Denayer on loan looked to have been dashed over the weekend when rumours emerged that the Belgian had refused a temporary deal, instead favouring a permanent move to Galatasaray. However, reports in Italy say that the club are still hopeful of bringing the 23-year-old back for his second loan deal in Glasgow, while Torino are also interested.
Denayer could be the second City star to move on loan to Celtic this summer, with Daniel Arzani still expected to complete his move after signing for Manchester City from Melbourne.
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Going the other direction through Celtic Park's revolving door could be two men who have already made the move from Manchester City to Parkhead.
The first could well be Dedryck Boyata. The defender has not travelled for tonight's Champions League third qualifying round second leg clash in Athens, although he insists that is down to a hamstring injury. Boyata's agent Jacques Lichtenstein claimed the Parkhead club had broken promises to his client, who was the subject of a failed £9m bid from Fulham before the English transfer window closed. Could he get his move with Sevilla said to be interested?
Also leaving Celtic could be midfielder Olivier Ntcham, according to reports in his native France. RMCSport claim that Porto have been in contact with the 22-year-old's representatives. 'Numerous meetings' have been held as discussions continue before a potential bid arrives. The former Manchester City player has three years left on his Celtic deal and the report says a move would become more likely if Celtic exit the Champions League tonight.
Over at Rangers, the Daily Telegraph claim that the club showed an interest in bringing Charlie Adam back to Ibrox earlier this summer, although that the chances of a deal being done are now 'remote'. The Stoke midfielder said last month that he would always be open to a return to his former club. "It is something that would always interest me to do, but at the moment I’m contracted to Stoke and I’m looking forward to the start of the season," he said. "It’s a wonderful football club. I started there are learned my trade there, and I enjoyed Glasgow as a city."
One player who is more likely to end up at Ibrox is Kyle Lafferty, who has been the subject of two rejected bids. The most recent was a player-plus-cash deal involving Lee Wallace but Hearts are understood to be holding out for their £750,000 valuation of the 30-year-old with one year left on his Tynecastle contract. Whether or not Rangers can agree a fee and land their man remains to be seen.
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