Andraz Sporar is expected to sign for Sporting Lisbon today in a € 6m deal.
Before Christmas Slovan Bratislava claimed that Celtic had been the most aggressive club to express an interest but the striker now seems set to move to Portugal.
Record (Portugal) report:
Andraz Sporar is no longer out of Sporting and the deal by Slovan Bratislava striker will be sealed within the next few hours. This dossier is being managed in parallel with Bruno Fernandes, so the known advances in the sale of the captain will impact the greater financial power that SAD will have to hire Sporar, which is expected to cost the coffers about € 6m.
Yesterday Slovan announced the arrival of two new strikers which suggested that a deal for Sporar was imminent.
Scoring five goals in the Europa League group phase made clubs sit up and take notice of the Slovenian who had a spell in Switzerland with Basel earlier in his career.
Neil Lennon and John Kennedy have both gone on record wanting to add a striker to the Celtic squad but so far there has been no additions during the January window.
New UEFA regulations allow Sporar to play in the Europa League for Sporting in the Round of 32.
Celtic have been linked with Patryk Klimala of Jagiellonia, Yonatan Cohen of Maccabi Tel Aviv and also Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland.