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JULLIEN: ‘WE’RE GETTING CLOSE’

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CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN is likely to be a Celtic player within the next 48 hours, as CQN reported yesterday.

Neil Lennon made a dash from the team’s pre-season training HQ in Austria to Paris on Tuesday in an effort to seal the £7million deal with French top-flight outfit Toulouse.

The Hoops boss, who saw his side beat amateurs Pinkafeld 6-1 last night, is ramping up the champions’ recruitment and centre-back colossus Jullien is expected to check in by the weekend on a four-year deal.

The 6ft 5in defender is seen as the ideal replacement for Hertha Berlin-bound Dedryck Boyata and a player to put pressure on Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer for spots in the middle of the rearguard with a fit-again Jack Hendry also hoping to make an impression in the new season.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We are getting close with Jullien, Hopefully, we can get something sorted in the next day or so.

COLOSSUS…French centre-back Christopher Jullien is heading for the Hoops.

“We have been tracking him for a while and we like we what we see with him.

“Negotiations have gone well, so it’s a case of getting the paperwork sorted.

“I like him. He’s a dominant type and very powerful. We are just looking for a bit more pace and power in the team to add a jag to the squad.

“He’s a quality player and he’s had a couple of really good years in the top echelons of French football.

“Hopefully, we can get it over the line – but it’s not done yet.

“If we get it done, we’d look to get him to Austria as soon as possible.”

Celtic fans will have happy memories of the last central defender the club bought from Toulouse – a certain Bobo Balde who was signed by Martin O’Neill in 2001.

 
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