Celtic to make double swoop
Published 01/07/2011 | 05:00
Celtic stepped up their summer recruitment drive yesterday as they closed in on deals to sign Kenya international Victor Wanyama and Israel striker Omer Damari.
Celtic confirmed they had agreed a fee with Belgian club Germinal Beerschot for Wanyama, who has also agreed personal terms.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder, who has 11 caps for Kenya, will sign subject to passing a medical and being granted a work permit.
Celtic will have to appeal to the Scottish FA for a permit as an initial application will be automatically rejected since Kenya are not placed among the top 75 in the FIFA rankings.
Damari (22) also looks set to join Celtic after his club, Maccabi Petah Tikvah, claimed they were close to reaching agreement for a fee of about £2m.
The Israeli club's president, Amos Luzon, said that he had secured a 30pc sell-on fee for the player.
Luzon revealed that the player's international team-mate, Beram Kayal, had persuaded him to move to Parkhead. "Other clubs in Europe wanted him, but the player just wants to play for Celtic," he said.
Celtic have also been linked with a move for Kaizer Chiefs forward Knowledge Musona, with reports in Africa claiming they had written to the South African club expressing an interest in the 21-year-old.
But the Zimbabwe international, who scored 20 goals last season, has denied knowledge of Celtic's interest.
Musona is expected to travel for a trial with German club Hoffenheim after receiving a visa on Monday.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted interest in Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mustafa Amini (18), who will play against the Hoops in a pre-season friendly tomorrow.
"We'll get a good look at him at the weekend," Lennon said. "The reports we've had have been very positive."