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Flood on his way to Boro

Willo Flood is poised to leave Celtic to join Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.

The midfielder will spend the weekend in talks with Gordon Strachan on Teeside to tie up the deal.

Celtic have accepted a £2m offer from their former manager to sign Gary Caldwell and Barry Robson with Flood and New Zealand striker Chris Killen also likely to move to the Riverside Stadium.

Flood has started just two matches this season, against Falkirk in the Co-Operative Cup and in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna, and is desperate to restart his career.

Last month he told the Evening Herald: "I'm in my seventh season in football and want to play every minute of every game. Celtic will decide what I do but it's best that I go out on loan, at least, and see what happens.

"I've spoken to Tony Mowbray about it and he's been great with me. He's one of the most honest men that I've met in football, he hasn't messed me around in any way.

"He said that it would be best for me to go out on loan next month, get some games in and get my sharpness back and we'll assess things again in the summer."

Wigan are also interested in Caldwell who is out of contract at the end of the season but the deals for the other three players are expected to be completed this weekend.

Mowbray is keen to reshape his squad and is expected to put in a bid for AIK Stockholm's £1.5m rated centre half Jos Hooived.

The 24-year-old Dutchman has spent three days with Celtic and is seen by Mowbray as a potential captain.

Celtic have also been linked with Preston's Sean St Ledger and Matthew Kilgallon of Sheffield Wednesday but it looks like Hooived will be Mowbray's first signing of the transfer window.

The defender's agent, Alex Kroes, said: "He has had a very good last two years of his career. He is really going step by step quickly forward.

"Celtic is a bigger club than AIK. AIK still is a big club, they play weekly for 35,000 people. It's a great club, they won the cup last year, they won the league title, but of course Celtic is another step forward in his career.

"If a move could happen and things become concrete it would be very good for both Celtic and for the player.

"AIK will never allow their best player to go on loan somewhere, if it will be happening they will have to put some money on the table."

Strachan, who quit Parkhead in the summer, said: "We are trying hard to bring in people who can lead and people who want to be led.

"I want to bring in leaders and men - that's hugely important now. I have to have people who I know, players I know who are men, who are leaders, and who know about playing at this level."


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