CELTIC have been given the green light to take Manchester United’s teenage striker James Wilson on loan in January.

Hoops boss Ronny Deila was keen to snap up the 19-year-old attacker in the last transfer window, but the season-long temporary move fell through because Wilson had yet to commit to a new deal at Old Trafford.However, the frontman has now agreed a deal that keeps him at United until 2017 – a development that looks set to pave the way for a five-month spell with the SPFL champions.
 Wilson, who has represented England at every level from Under-16 to Under-21, scored twice on his first team debut for United against Hull in May last year and netted a further two goals in 17 appearances.

But with the £36million signing of Anthony Martial, from Monaco, Wilson has been restricted to just a substitute appearance in the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal so far this term.

Both the player and his manager, Louis van Gaal, are open to the idea of his talent developing elsewhere, with the move to Parkhead being welcomed.

 Deila, who has already taken Tyler Blackett on loan from Old Trafford for this season, remains light in terms of attacking options.

Leigh Griffiths has already taken his tally for the season into double figures, but with Nadir Ciftci yet to impress since joining from Dundee United in the summer and Anthony Stokes out of the picture, the need for competition is clear.

Former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole had been training at Lennoxtown until he sustained a training-ground injury.

Talks between the 32-year-old and Celtic over a contract had begun, but have now been shelved until the extent of his lay-off has been clarified.

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