Celtic Aiming To Sign Ex-Arsenal Man

Celtic Aiming To Sign Ex-Arsenal Man
By PJ Browne Updated

Celtic are close to boosting their squad with the January signing of Kouassi Eboue. The 19-year-old Ivorian will cost around £2.5 million from Russian side FC Krasnodar.

Brendan Rodgers's attempts to further improve his group will not stop there.

According to the Daily Record, Rodgers also wants to acquire Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury. The move would likely come in the summer rather than during the January window.

The 26-year-old joined Forest from Arsenal in the summer of 2012. Four and a half years on, he is a key member of their squad. This season alone he's got six goals in 18 appearances in the Championship.

Celtic are not the only club in search of his signature. Aston Villa, Derby and Watford are also in the chase. Villa have apparently tabled a £3 million bid already.

While there is a chance those clubs could offer Premier League football in the future, there is no guarantee. Though improving in form, Villa are still mid-table in the Championship. Derby are in the playoff places but have fallen short of promotion several times recently and Watford are in a poor run of form in the Premier League.

Celtic could also offer Lansbury the added incentive of Champions League football. That's something with has aided their capture of players - such as Moussa Dembele - in the past.

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