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Celtic face comptition to sign confirmed striker target

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Dinamo Kiev are reported to have entered the race to sign Andraz Sporar from Slovan Bratislava.

The striker has been in impressive form in the Slovak League but topped that up with five goals in the group stage of the Europa League.

Before Christmas Slovan chief Ivan Kmotrik told Sport24 that talks were underway with Celtic described as the most aggressive club to show interest in their striker.

A report in the Ukraine has claimed that Dinamo Kiev are interested in Sporar with The Sun reporting:

Slovan have indicated they are looking for a fee north of £5million for Sporar, but Dynamo Kiev want to test their resolve by coming in with a firm offer, at a lower price.

Kiev are desperate for new striking recruits as they trail runaway Ukrainian League leaders Shakhtar Donetsk by a massive 14 points after 18 games in the title race.

Former Rangers star Alexei Mikhailichenko is their boss for his second spell in charge of the club, having moved from sporting director to manager in August. He’s been promised money to spend next month and has identified Sporar as their main target.

Odsonne Edouard has effectively been a one man strike force for Celtic in the first half of the season with an alternative badly needed to provide cover and competition to the Frenchman who is likely to be on international duty at the Olympics in July.

In January Celtic signed Vakoun Bayo from Slovakian side Dunajska Streda, putting the Ivorian into a package to sign Sporar could help swing the deal Celtic’s way although Slovan are looking to net the highest possible fee for their striker.

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