Celtic are chasing the signature of Everton forward Yannick Bolasie, with two other clubs also believed to be in the mix.
According to Goal.com, Everton want the player off their books and had agreed a loan agreement with a £5million option to buy with CSKA Moscow, but Bolasie rejected the deal as he does not want to move to Russia.
The winger, who is on wages of £80,000 a week at Goodison Park, would likely cost prospective suitors around the £5m mark, as claimed by Goal.com.
Bolasie joined Everton from Crystal Palace for £25m three years ago but his Toffees career was torpedoed by a cruciate ligament injury in December 2016 which kept him out of action for just over a year.
He has made just 32 appearances for the Merseysiders and scored twice before he was loaned out to Aston Villa and Anderlecht last season.
The winger scored 10 goals and provided 17 assists in his final two seasons at Crystal Palace before moving to the Toffees, but he has tended to be very careless in possession.
Celtic already have an abundance of left-sided wingers and midfielders in Scott Sinclair, Mikey Johnston and Lewis Morgan, the latter two making their mark in the early weeks of the season.
In left-back Boli Bolingoli, Celtic already have a player on that flank with pace in abundance but a habit of giving the ball away needlessly, as highlighted by Jonathan McFarlane of Football Scotland.
Bolasie’s ball retention statistics do not make for good reading, while his pace may not be as strong an asset given that he is now in his 30s and has had a serious injury.
Johnston and Morgan have both made encouraging starts to the season, so it does not seem wise for Celtic to bring in a much older wide player who does not retain possession well in Bolasie.
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