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Hoops are 'not a selling club'

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley insists the Hoops are not a selling club.

Boss Neil Lennon has made no secret of a club policy that seeks to identify cheap youngsters, develop their skills and then move them on for a profit.

The Glasgow giants landed a £6million windfall last summer after Ki Sung-Yueng – originally signed for £2.1m – switched to Swansea. However, in the past six months they have turned down two multi-million pound offers for striker Gary Hooper.

Southampton, meanwhile, are reported to be lining up a £10m bid for midfielder Victor Wanyama but Celtic have yet to sanction his exit. And Ledley claims that proves the club will only sell on their own terms.

He said: "I don't think we are a selling club. I just think the gaffer has done some great business over the years."

The Parkhead side have boosted their squad ahead of next month's Champions League qualifiers, signing Portuguese striker Amido Balde, while defender Virgil van Dijk (pictured) is close to agreeing a move from Dutch side Groningen. Anthony Stokes is back in pre-season training, despite the striker rejecting the offer of an extension to his contract, which expires this summer, as talks continue.


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