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ENGLISH BID FOR HOOPS TARGET

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CELTIC target David Marshall is wanted by Stoke City, as CQN revealed at the weekend.

The Championship side are poised to swoop for the 35-year-old Scotland international keeper who had been linked with a return to the Hoops.

City boss Michael O’Neill has made an offer for the shotstopper after his club Wigan went bust last week.

Neil Lennon may be forced to step up his pursuit of another No.1 with the Fraser Forster situation still in a state of flux.

Marshall is keen on making a comeback at his boyhood favourites, but the Parkhead gaffer’s plans could be hi-jacked by the Potteries club, as reported in the Scottish Sun.

O’Neill’s current first choice Jack Butland, with a year to run on his contract, is believed to want out at the end of this season.

Thirty-three times-capped Marshall, who made 50 appearances for the Hoops before moving to Norwich City in 2007, will leave the cash-hit Latics in the summer and it is now a guessing game about his destination.

Meanwhile, reports have also linked Celts with a move for Fulham netminder Marcus Bettinelli.

The 28-year-old has been with the London side since 2010 and has made 120 appearances. He is valued at £1million and has a year to run on his current deal.

With Craig Gordon opting to join Hearts on a two-year contract, the nine-in-a-row champions only have Scott Bain at the club with first-team experience.

His back-up are untired youngsters Conor Hazard and Ross Doohan.

 
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