FORMER Celtic fans’ favourite Timothy Weah is heading back to UK football.
Cameron Carter-Vickers’ USA World Cup team-mate is on the brink of quitting Ligue 1 Lille and is up for grabs at £13million.
Weah, who enjoyed a six-month loan spell at Parkhead in season 2018/19 after joining from Paris Saint-Germain, has attracted the attention of Frank Lampard at Everton while Fulham, Brighton and Sevilla are also showing interest in the 22-year-old international, according to a report in L’Equipe.
PICK IT OUT…Timothy Weah strokes the ball into the St Mirren net with keeper Vaclav Hladky helpless.
The youngster, son of soccer-legend-turned-Liberian president George, impressed during the soccer showpiece in Qatar and has made 29 appearances for his country.
New York-born Weah has made only three starts in his 12 outings this season for his French club who are seventh in the league. He has been filling in on the right-hand side of defence in the absence of Akim Zedadka.
He joined Lille in 2019 on a permanent deal from the Paris giants after scoring four goals in 16 outings – 12 as a substitute – in his temporary stay at Parkhead. He was in the starting line-up for the title-clinching 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on May 4 when the champions won their eighth successive crown.
WORLD CUP STAR…Timothy Weah in action against Iran in the soccer showpiece in Qatar.
Weah played in both Europa League group games against Neil Lennon’s Hoops in December 2020 and scored in his side’s 3-2 loss in the east end of Glasgow. He refused to over-celebrate his goal “out of respect for Celtic”.
Speaking after his debut for Brendan Rodgers’ side in January 2019, he said: “That’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and have ever played in. The Celtic fans, when I scored, it was like something out of a dream.
“I’m really honoured and blessed to be here.”
Weah was only at the club for six months and there were many who would have welcomed him back, but Lille moved quickly to sign him when he returned to France.
Now it looks as though he is on his way to the Premier League.