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Celtic linked with Mohamed Bangura

Celtic linked with Mohamed Bangura

Talks have begun over a bid for the AIK Stockholm striker, according to the Swedish press.

Celtic are in talks to buy Sierra Leone international striker Mohamed Bangura from AIK Stockholm, according to reports in the Swedish press.

The 22-year-old is the subject of discussions between AIK and Celtic, with AftonBladet claiming that a deal is likely to be agreed before the transfer window closes on August 31.

However Bangura’s agent Patrick Mork told STV that he believed no offer had been made for the player but stopped short of denying the Parkhead club’s interest in the forward.

He said: “I have read the reports linking Mohamed to Celtic and it is just specualtion at this point. There are a lot of clubs interested in him but I don’t think there’s been an offer from Celtic.

“I would take any reports with a big pinch of salt because the media in Sweden have sold Mohamed a few times this summer.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been looking to add to his options in attack throughout the summer and has considered several players but it now appears that he has settled on Bangura as a player who can boost his squad.

Bangura, who has three international caps, is said to be ready to leave Sweden for a new challenge and though he confirmed to AftonBladet that there were several clubs interested in his services he would not confirm the identity of potential suitors or speculate on the likelihood of a move being agreed.

“I say what I always do,” he told the newspaper. “I am an AIK player now and will remain here if nothing happens.”

AIK were also tight-lipped about a bid from Glasgow, with the club’s sporting director refusing to confirm if a firm bid had been received.

Bangura began his career with Kallon in Sierra Leone before agreeing a loan move to Swedish third-tier side Vardamo. Twelve goals in 13 games saw the player catch the eye of top flight clubs and AIK signed the player on a three-and-a-half year deal in July 2010.

Since then, the striker has become a key player at the club but it is believed they are prepared to allow the player to move if their valuation is met.

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