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Celtic Eyeing Summer Move For £9m-rated Forward

Premier League side West Ham United and Scottish champions Celtic are among a host of clubs chasing the Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris, according to the Daily Mail.

The Ghana international had a trial with Manchester City in his younger days but suffered a setback when he failed to obtain a work permit and his career has been a much travelled one since then.

He got it going in Sweden before stints in Russia and Turkey where he really struggled but he found a home at Lorient. His form there has seen his stock rise to such a level that a number of big sides are tracking his progress.

Celtic are one of those. Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring someone to Glasgow who can play through the middle or in the wider areas but a likely £9 million price tag could be too much for the treble winners.

That said, with doubts over whether Moussa Dembele will still be with the club at the end of the transfer window, Waris could remain a target for the Bhoys as a possible replacement.

West Ham are another who have shown interest in the Ghanaian. They have been desperate to add to their attacking ranks all summer and having secured Javier Hernandez last month they are now after someone who can complement him – especially with question marks over the potential of Diafra Sakho at this level.

The pace, technique, power and strong approach of Waris is something that would be suited to the way Slaven Bilic likes his sides to play and the price tag would be no issue for the Hammers.

Celtic and West Ham will need to show intent to sign the 25-year-old as he is also said to be attracting interest from Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham ahead of the transfer deadline at the end of the month.

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