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Rangers bid again for Hearts striker Lafferty while Celtic set up for double blow: Old Firm transfer rumours

Hearts' Kyle Lafferty celebrates victory over Celtic after scoring the winning goal on Saturday.
Hearts' Kyle Lafferty celebrates victory over Celtic after scoring the winning goal on Saturday.

Rangers have continued their pursuit of Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty, according to the latest Old Firm rumour mill.

The club had an initial £200,000 offer turned down last month and have come back with a second bid that has also been knocked back. The Gers this time included former captain Lee Wallace as part of the deal but Hearts are understood to be intent on receiving their £750,000 valuation to let their star striker leave.

Meanwhile, Celtic could be set to lose defender Dedryck Boyata as the chase hots up for the 27-year-old. The player's agent Jacques Lichtenstein has claimed that Fulham, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce have all had bids rejected while Sevilla are thought to be unwilling to match Celtic's £10m valuation. Boyata played in all three World Cup group games for Belgium and, as his stock rises, both Lazio and Roma have also been linked with a move. He declared himself injured for Saturday's defeat to Hearts and is said to have rejected a new deal at Celtic Park, despite being in the final year of his current contract.

Celtic could also lose out on one of Brendan Rodgers' key targets in former loanee Patrick Roberts. The 21-year-old is said to be wanted by Girona, Bordeaux, Rennes and St Etienne as talk of a loan move abroad hots up. The Manchester City player has spent two and a half seasons at the Hoops over two loan deals and Rodgers was thought to be keen on bringing him back for a third spell in Glasgow.

Another of City's up-and-coming young stars is more likely to end up at Celtic on loan this season with Daniel Arzani expected to join on a temporary two-year deal. The Australian wonderkid was the youngest player at this year's World Cup finals and last week completed his permanent move from Melbourne City to Manchester, with the two clubs sharing the same owners.

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