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Celtic reported to be in Vienna transfer talks today

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Celtic are reported to have met with officials from Slovan Bratislava in Vienna today to discuss the transfer of Andraz Sporar.

Last week Slovan director Ivan Kromtrik claimed that an offer had been turned down but while Neil Lennon confirmed Celtic’s interest he denied that a bid had been made.

Sporar has been in impressive scoring form this season highlighted by five goals in a Europa League group that included Wolves and Braga.

Slovan seem very keen to cash in on that scoring run with Celtic’s interest being discussed freely in the Slovakian media.

Slovakian website Sport24 reports:

Already at nine o’clock in the morning, he had a debate in the Sport24 studio and immediately afterwards he rushed to Vienna to meet with Celtic Glasgow representatives. The reason for the meeting is clear to every football fan. The future of Slovenian Andraz Sporar will be discussed in Vienna.

Kromtrik said:

There are many people interested in Andraza. Celtic Glasgow is the most aggressive yet. We have a meeting with the representatives of this club right now. We’ll see what happens, so far nothing is clear. We still don’t have the offer we would like to accept. We will not sell it cheaply and we will not release it for two or three million.

Sporar is in his third season at Slovan, rebuilding his career after struggling to make an impact at Basel where he spent the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

With Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths struggling to provide competition and cover for Odsonne Edouard it appears that bringing in a new striker is Lennon’s transfer priority next month.

Despite playing for Slovan in the Europa League new UEFA rules would allow Sporar to play for Celtic against Copenhagen in the Round of 32.

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