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McManus on way to Boro in £1.8m deal

Stephen McManus is set to sign for Middlesbrough in a £1.8m deal after Joe Ledley finally agreed to join Celtic.

Former skipper McManus spent the second half of last season on loan at Boro and is keen to link up again with Gordon Strachan's collection of former SPL stars.

Earlier this week Strachan signed former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on a Bosman, having previously snapped up Willo Flood, Barry Robson, Scott McDonald and Chris Killen from Celtic as well as former Aberdeen striker Lee Miller.

McManus joined Boro last month for a week of training in La Manga and will be in the squad that faces Athlone Town on July 19 and Bray Wanderers two days later.

The departure of McManus speeds up Neil Lennon's plans at Celtic, with the capture of Ledley a major coup for the Hoops boss.

Ledley visited Glasgow again last night to put the final touches to a four-year deal that will cost Celtic £1.25m a year. Celtic can sign the out-of-contract 23-year-old on a Bosman deal, denying Cardiff City the £3m compensation fee that they could have expected from an English club.

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of teenage defender Tomas Kalas from Czech Republic side Sigma Olomouc.

However, the 17-year-old centre-back will not be joining the Blues for a further year, after being loaned back to Olomouc.

The talented youngster has impressed many clubs across Europe but Chelsea moved swiftly to land him.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Reports in the Czech Republic claim Olomouc could earn around £5m from the sale of the player.

GAEL Clichy has been shortlisted by Juventus as a possible left-back for next season.

The Serie A side have earmarked the Arsenal player should Italy defender Fabio Grosso depart to Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal could be willing to let the France defender leave because Kieran Gibbs has recovered from a broken metatarsal in his right foot.

Monaco are considering a bid for John Mensah, who had been expected to make his move to Sunderland permanent. The Ghana captain was on loan on Wearside from Lyon last season, where he has three years left on his contract.

Sunderland and West Ham United have expressed an interest in Dan Gosling after the Premier League allowed the midfield player to leave Everton on a free transfer.

West Ham are in talks with Vitesse Arnhem to sign Piet Velthuizen as a back-up for Robert Green.