Celtic transfer news: Latest on Forrest to Liverpool, Hoops chasing Josh Maja and James McCarthy, Porto prepare Olivier Ntcham bid

15 Jan

Celtic have been busy in the transfer window this month as they prepare for their title run-in with Rangers.

The Hoops have already signed Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke on loan, as well as completing a permanent move for Vacoun Issouf Bayo.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen this month

They are yet to lose anyone, but according to reports, big clubs continue to circle around their star players.

talkSPORT.com rounds up some of the biggest rumours below…

Liverpool plotting £8million bid for James Forrest

Celtic’s star man James Forrest has caught Liverpool’s eye and they are reportedly planning an £8million bid in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a fan of the 27-year-old and it’s easy to see why – Forrest has 11 goals in 34 appearances this season.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Reds have kept an eye on Forrest for several months ahead of a potential summer bid.

However, John Hartson has claimed the reported amount – £8million – would not even buy Forrest’s big toe.

James Forrest is reportedly wanted by Liverpool

Celtic interested in signing Josh Maja

According to reports, the Hoops are keen on the signature of 20-year-old Sunderland striker Josh Maja.

The young Englishman has been hugely impressive in League One this season, scoirng 14 goals in just 23 games.

His current contract expires in the summer and he has already rejected a lucrative new deal, so the Black Cats will be tempted to cash in this month.

The Chronicle reports Celtic are one of several clubs looking to sign the talented forward.

Josh Maja appears destined to leave Sunderland

Hoops reignite interest in James McCarthy

Everton midfielder James McCarthy was linked with Celtic back in January 2017 and, according to reports, they’re back in for him this month.

The Irishman suffered a horrific leg break a year ago, but returned to the Toffees’ squad for their recent 2-1 FA Cup victory over Lincoln.

Nonetheless, he will struggle to displace Everton’s midfield pairing of Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes, so he may seek better opportunities elsewhere.

West Ham are also interested in the 28-year-old, who has made more than 125 appearances for Everton since joining from Wigan in 2013.

James McCarthy has recovered from a long-term injury

Porto prepare £14million bid for Olivier Ntcham

Celtic are facing the prospect of a £14million summer bid from Porto for Olivier Ntcham.

And the Scottish Sun report the deal could include former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba going the other way.

The French midfielder, 22, has been the subject of Porto’s interest for a while and they failed with a bid to sign him last summer.

And despite Ntcham penning a new deal with Celtic in November, the Portuguese giants are not prepared to take no for an answer.

Porto are big admirers of Olivier Ntcham

Celtic FC news: Olivier Ntcham signs four-year deal to keep him with Scottish Premiership champions until 2022

9 Nov

Olivier Ntcham has signed a new deal with Celtic to keep him at Parkhead until 2022, the Scottish Premiership champions have confirmed.

The midfielder signed from Genoa in the summer of 2017, making 68 appearances for the Hoops and since becoming an integral member of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The 22-year-old celebrates his stunner against Motherwell at Hampden last year

He has scored 14 goals, including a stunner against Motherwell at Hampden last season to help secure the club’s historic Double Treble.

“I’m delighted to extend my contract,” the 22-year-old told Celtic TV. “It’s good news and I hope we’re going to win more trophies. It’s a great side and I’m glad to be part of the project.

“Having a strong bond with the players is very important for the team, and for the club.

“I feel good here and I hope we’re going to win more trophies and that we can be even more successful this year than last year.

“I want to improve on everything in respect of the game. Scoring more goals is, of course, part of the game and is important for me as well.”

Ntcham left Le Havre for Manchester City in 2012 for £1million. Three years later, he signed a five-year deal with the Citizens before joining Genoa on a two-year loan deal.