Date: 29th September 2020 at 12:23pm
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Southampton and West Brom are reported to be keen on taking Olivier Ntcham to the EPL.

Although Neil Lennon wants to hold on to all of his players the performance of David Turnbull and return of Tom Rogic to the squad may make the exit of the French midfielder bearable.

Celtic signed Ntcham from Manchester City for £4.5m in July 2017 but after an outstanding first season his form has been more variable over the last two seasons.

So far Celtic have spent £13m to sign Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and David Turnbull with loan fees paid out to bring in Shane Duffy and Moi Elyounoussi.

No fees have been brought in but that could change according to a report in the Daily Mail:

Southampton and West Brom are lining up late swoops for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham ahead of next week’s transfer deadline. The Premier League duo want to improve their squads by October 5 and have identified the 24-year-old as a prospective signing.

The former Manchester City man is attracting firm interest from across Europe, with Ligue 1 club Lyon also monitoring his situation. But a return to England could suit Ntcham, who has represented France extensively at junior level including 20 caps for the Under-21s.

With two years left on his contract now would be the prime time to sell Ntcham with Celtic appearing to be well covered in midfield. A bid of around £15m in the current circumstances would cover all of Celtic’s summer signings with one transaction.