HOOPS CLOSE IN ON INTERNATIONAL WINGER

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CELTIC are closing in on a £1.75million deal for Ukrainian international winger Maryan Shved.

The 21-year-old forward was left out of his club Karpaty Lviv’s winter training camp in an attempt to seal the switch.

Shved has a clause in his contract that allows him to move to foreign clubs for 2million euros which gives Brendan Rodgers’ side the edge over Dynamo Kiev, who are also interested.

The player’s club confirmed he is in advanced talks and vice-president Oleg Smaliichuk said: “Maryan did not travel with the squad to Turkey because we are negotiating his transfer with another club.

“The offer meets our valuation and, above all, if the player himself is satisfied with the offer, then he will leave us.”

Reports in Ukraine insist Dynamo Kiev have conceded defeat in the battle to land Shved who is expected to travel to Scotland soon to sign for the champions.

in 2015, the wide man joined La Liga side Sevilla as a future prospect, but only played for their B team before returning to Ukraine.

He has claimed eight goals in 17 games for Karpaty this season and his form earned him his first full cap when Andriy Shevchenko called him up for a friendly against Turkey in November, which finished goalless.

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