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Football transfer rumours: Morgan to Celtic close to completion, Martin interested in Rangers loan move, Coutinho to Barcelona latest

Lewis Morgan salutes the St Mirren fans in last night's derby draw against Morton (SNS Group)
Lewis Morgan salutes the St Mirren fans in last night's derby draw against Morton (SNS Group)

CELTIC look set to seal a deal for St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan.

According to The Sun, the youngster – fresh from scoring in last night’s 1-1 draw with Morton – will be unveiled as a Hoops player tomorrow before heading back to the Paisley club on loan.

It is understood that the fee will be around £300,000 with St Mirren chief Tony Fitzpatrick saying that Morgan’s return until the end of the season is non-negotiable in any deal. (Daily Record)

Brendan Rodgers is also set to loan out Eboue Kouassi to allow the 20-year-old to get some game time.

The form of captain Scott Brown has made opportunities for the Ivorian few and far between after his £3m move from FC Krasnodar. (The Herald)

Celtic’s Eboue Kouassi (SNS Group / Bill Murray)

It could be a three-way battle between Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen for 18-year-old defender Joaquin Fernandez, reports the Daily Record.

The Premiership clubs are understood to be set to keep tabs on the River Plate star in next months U20s Copa Libertadores.

Falkirk have issued an apology after Dunfermline midfielder Dean Shiels had fake eyeballs thrown at him by Bairns fans during last night’s Championship match.

Two Falkirk players, Joe McKee and Kevin O’Hara, are currently serving suspensions for taunting the former Rangers star over his missing eye.

Falkirk apologise after fans throw fake eyes at Dunfermline’s Dean Shiels


Norwich defender Russell Martin is reportedly interested in joining Rangers.

The Scotland international has found appearances limited at Carrow Road this season and, according to the Evening Times, could be open to an Ibrox loan switch.

So far, there has been no contact between Rangers and the Canaries over the move.

Russell Martin in action for Scotland against Slovenia (SNS Group / Bill Murray)

Csaba Laszlo has been reassured by the Dundee United board that he will have money to spend in the transfer window.

With several players out due to injury, the Tannadice boss hopes to bring some players in. (The Courier)

This was Bounty happen when you throw chocolate onto the pitch…

An offer of £130million could see Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona, according to the Mirror. Liverpool managed to keep hold of the 25-year-old during the summer but it is now thought an increased bid could see the Brazilian make his way to the Nou Camp, said to be a “dream move” for the player, the paper reports.

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho in action (Victor Fraile/Getty Images )
Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho in action (Victor Fraile/Getty Images )

Speculation around Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future is mounting after boss Arsene Wenger appeared to signal he is open to offers if a replacement can be found in time during the January transfer window. The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners could be tempted by offers of more than £25million – with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly showing the most interest in the 29-year-old.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

It does not look like Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini will be reunited with his former manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail. It was thought a move might be possible in the January transfer window but Conte has accepted the 33-year-old will finish his career at the Italian club, the paper reports.

Meanwhile, David Luiz, 30, and Michy Batshuayi, 24, could leave Stamford Bridge, if they so choose, the Telegraph claims. Conte has hinted he will not get in the way of the players should they want to move, the papers says, but the boss also does not feel there are enough resources in the squad to afford losing any players on loan or permanently without finding replacements.

Alex Sandro looks set to be heading to Chelsea, the Mirror reports. The Blues had hoped to bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge last summer, and having made him a key target ever since, now look poised to push through a £50million deal this month. The paper says the club are hoping to get their bid in before rivals Manchester United.

Atletico Madrid’s Nicolas Gaitan appears to be in high demand, with Southampton, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham all keen to bring the 29-year-old to the Premier League, the Daily Express claims. With Diego Costa and Vitolo signing for the Spanish side, it is thought the midfielder could be up for grabs at a bargain price.