Celtic news – Bolton plan Kayal raid, Funds available, Hoops face competition for Forster

Funds available.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has confirmed boss Neil Lennon will be given funds to “add two or three” players to his squad this summer, reports the Glasgow Evening Times.

Lennon has already added -half Kelvin Wilson and right-back Adam Matthews in the close season and Lawwell says they will not be the last to arrive.

The Celtic supremo said: “We just need to maintain what we have got, develop and, over this transfer window, add two or three players to give us that wee bit more quality.

“Hopefully, we will re-emerge dominant in the SPL and re-establish ourselves in the Champions League, which is important for ourselves and our fans.

“We now have a very young, good management team and a new set of players we recruited mostly last season, which gives us a great foundation and stability, so I don’t think we are too far away.”

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Bolton plan Kayal raid.

The Daily Mail says Bolton Wanderers are ready to step up their interest in Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal after being told their £2m valuation of the player was way off the mark.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon sees the Israeli as an integral part of his team for next season and has already initiated contract talks that would see him remain at Parkhead. Kayal still has three years left on the deal he signed when the Hoops snapped him up from Maccabi Haifa last July.

However, the player has recently changed agents and is ready for some hard negotiating this summer as he is aware a number of English clubs covet his signature.

Still, even if the 23-year-old rejected an improved offer it would take far more than £2m to prise him away from Glasgow.

Hoops face competition for Forster.

According to the Daily Express, Celtic face competition from Hull City as they bid to land goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a permanent deal for next season.

The 23-year-old Newcastle United shotstopper impressed on loan at Parkhead last term but Tigers boss Nigel Pearson has now expressed an interest in taking him to the KC Stadium, a move which will find favour with Alan Pardew.

The Toon boss recently criticised the standard of the SPL, claiming Forster had not really been tested despite keeping 24 clean sheets in 44 games for the Bhoys, and would prefer to see him join the Championship side rather than letting him return north of the border.

Newcastle are keen to keep the 6ft 7in Forster as they see him challenging for the No 1 spot at St James Park within the next couple of years.

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