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HOOPS MIDFIELDER IS ENGLISH TARGET

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OLIVIER NTCHAM looks to be heading for the Celtic exit with Newcastle wanting to take the midfielder on loan until the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who cost £4.5million when he joined from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, didn’t figure in the squad that collapsed to a 2-1 loss to St Mirren at Parkhead this afternoon.

Ntcham has dropped out of Neil Lennon’s plans and a deal is expected to be thrashed out before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports News.

They insist the Tyneside outfit, who had a 2-0 win at Everton today, have submitted a loan enquiry for the 24-year-old star with the Hoops demanding an ‘option to buy clause’ inserted in any contract for their player.

West Brom are also showing interest in the former France Under-21 international who has scored 24 goals and in 147 appearances since Brendan Rodgers brought him to Parkhead.

It looks as though the Celtic squad is already breaking up with Jeremie Frimpong joining Bayer Leverkusen in a £11.5million switch during the week.

Others will follow at the end of the season with Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton), Shane Duffy (Brighton) and Diego Laxalt (AC Milan) rejoining their parent clubs following the champions’ catastrophic season.

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