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Lennon's looking at long list of players

Neil Lennon is looking to add up to five new players to his Celtic squad in the summer from an "extensive list" he has drawn up.

The Hoops will take another step towards clinching the Scottish Premiership title with a win against St Mirren at home today, but the Parkhead boss is already pressing ahead with plans for next season.

The Ulsterman (inset) expects to lose some players this summer, with forward Georgios Samaras out of contract at the end of the season and speculation surrounding the future of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and keeper Fraser Forster, both of whom have been in fine form this season. To that end, Lennon has lined up "more than several" replacements.

"We have an extensive list of players that we are looking at with a view to bringing here in the summer," he said. "We are certainly looking at four or five positions. I am pretty sure that players will be leaving in the summer. I have no indication of how many, but players will be leaving, I would imagine. Striker is always a priority position, but at the minute we have very good players in that position."

Lennon, however, described links to Manchester United forward Federico Macheda as "wild speculation".

FIFA 'AWARE' OF ALLEGATIONS

FIFA has confirmed that investigators from its ethics committee are aware of the latest allegations of payments between former executive committee members.

It was reported this week that the FBI is investigating payments from a company owned by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam to Jack Warner and his family. Both men left FIFA in disgrace following a 2011 corruption scandal. A statement from chief investigator Michael Garcia said: "The ethics committee is aware of the material identified in the article."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to comment on the latest claims, adding: "I am happy now that we have an independent committee for ethics and this is now to be dealt with by this committee."


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