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FRENCH TARGET BLOW FOR CELTS

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ROMAIN PERRAUD, who had been scouted by Neil Lennon as a possible replacement for Kieran Tierney, is expected to leave Nice for Ligue 1 rivals Brest.

The 21-year-old left-back had been highly recommended to the Hoops when he made it clear he wanted a move following his season-long loan at Paris FC in the last campaign.

The eight-in-a-row champions had two undisclosed bids rejected for the player, as CQN reported last month.

Perraud, according to French journal Le Telegramme, is set to agree a four-year deal with Brest “in the coming days”.

With fans’ favourite Tierney involved in a transfer saga with Arsenal that has been dragging on for almost a month, Lennon has been involved in a worldwide hunt for quality left-sided defenders to fit the Hoops system.

The Irishman landed Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in a £3million deal from Rapid Vienna earlier this month and he made his debut in the 3-1 win over FK Sarajevo a week today in the opening Champions League qualifier in Bosnia.

He limped off just before the hour mark to be replaced by Jonny Hayes and sat out the weekend goalless draw against Rennes with the Irishman again in the No.3 slot.

Lennon also took the opportunity to give Calvin Miller a late run-out against the French.

If Tierney does leave for a record-breaking £25million, the Hoops gaffer will continue his search for quality competition and missing out on Perraud will be perceived as a blow.

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