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Neil Lennon says talks ongoing with ‘elegant, clever’ free agent and £5m international

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Neil Lennon says talks ongoing with ‘elegant, clever’ free agent and £5m international

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that “talks are ongoing” with both Steven Fletcher and Albian Ajeti in terms of prospective moves to Parkhead.

Fletcher is a free agent after leaving English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and is believed to be targeting a return north of the border following a successful decade in England.

With regards to Ajeti, Celtic and West Ham were reported to have agreed a loan deal with an option to make the move permanent for a fee of around £5million following initial talks last month.

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However, the prospective switch appeared to have been put on hold last week after the Switzerland international asked for more time to consider his options.

Sky Sports recently claimed that, while Ajeti’s first choice was to stay in the English Premier League, he sees the prospect of European football with Celtic as “very tempting”.

Ahead of the Premiership trip to Kilmarnock on Sunday, Lennon was asked about Celtic’s reported interest in Fletcher.


He is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “Talks are ongoing at the minute. Nothing confirmed. We will just have to wait and see.”

On the prospect of Ajeti making the move to the 10 In a Row hopefuls, meanwhile, Lennon said: “Ongoing talks as well.

“I am not aware of how close we are in doing that, I know talks are ongoing. That’s my position at the minute, it may or may not happen, as is the case with a lot of deals we are trying to negotiate.”

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Fletcher, 33, has earned plenty of plaudits over his career, with former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan previously describing him as “terrific to watch” after his hat-trick against Gibraltar in 2015 and adding that he is “elegant” and “clever”.

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As for Ajeti, he may not have pulled up many trees in London following his £8million switch from Basel last year, but his form with the Swiss club was very impressive.

In 96 competitive appearances, the 23-year-old registered 43 goals and 21 assists, helping his club to three league titles and a Swiss cup, and has featured in European matches.

With Leigh Griffiths unavailable due to a calf strain, Patryk Klimala still fairly raw, and Vakoun Issouf Bayo seemingly set for a loan exit, it’s crucial for Celtic to bolster their attacking ranks as soon as possible.

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