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Celtic fighting Everton and Wolves for McFadden

Everton and Wolves are set to fight Celtic for the signing of James McFadden.

Celtic have been in talks with McFadden's advisors over the past fortnight and are keen to bring the Scotland hero back to the SPL.

McFadden has an offer on the table from Wolves after training with Mick McCarthy's side but could be tempted by a return to Everton who he left in January 2008 in a £5m deal to join former international boss Alex McLeish at Birmingham.

All three clubs are looking at pay-as-you-play deals for the 28-year-old who hasn't played a competitive game since suffering a cruciate injury last September.

The player's agent, Rob Segal, confirmed: "Ideally something would've been sorted out in the international break but we're still talking to interested parties.

"There are little ties with all three clubs -- a move to Scotland represents a major personal pull, there's an emotional link with Everton and he's enjoyed working with Mick McCarthy."

News of a possible deal for McFadden has brought a lukewarm reaction from the Celtic support but midfielder Joe Ledley would welcome an experienced new face.


The Welshman said: "He would be a great addition to our team and he's versatile. He can play in the hole or in midfield.

"He's got a great reputation in Scotland and it would be a great honour to work with him. He did brilliantly in the Premier League and he's spent a lot of his career there which shows just how good a player he is.

"It's down to the board and the manager if they want to bring him in but we would welcome him straight away as we know he's a great player," continued Ledley.

"He would suit the way we play.

"If we're interested then it's up to him to decide if he wants to come.

"It would be nice if he did pick Celtic over other clubs."