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CELTIC IN FOUR-WAY DUFFY BATTLE

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CELTIC target Shane Duffy is a man in demand with FOUR Premier League clubs linked with the Republic of Ireland international.

The lifelong Hoops fan has already talked to Neil Lennon about the possibility of a loan switch to the champions, as CQN reported.

Parkhead is the 28-year-old central defender’s preferred destination as he head for the Brighton exit, but he has now been linked with West Ham and Burnley as well as newly-promoted Leeds United and West Brom.

A report in the Scottish Mail on Sunday insists the player’s representatives have informed the south coast club the rugged back-four operator wants to go to Glasgow.

Scotland’s title kings, who are bidding for an unprecedented tenth successive crown this season, have been told they will have to pay £2million for a temporary year-long transfer.

That is unlikely to faze the Hoops hierarchy, but the quartet of top-flight clubs are eager to strike a permanent deal with the Seagulls for the player who cost £4million when he joined from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2016.

Duffy enjoyed a starting role at Brighton starting during the club’s Championship promotion campaign – one that continued during two seasons under Chris Hughton.

However, his successor Graham Potter has uses the Irishman sparingly and he made only 12 starts in the previous campaign.

That has alerted Lennon who urgently needs to strengthen the middle of his rearguard after Jozo Simunovic left at the end of his contract in June.

 
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