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Celtic transfer news: Hoops want Elabdellaoui as Rodgers plans exits | Football | Sport

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Norwegian international Elabdellaoui, 27, has moved firmly onto the Parkhead radar as the club hunts for a long-term replacement for Swedish defender Mikael Lustig.

Elabdellaoui, who has 34 caps for Norway, has a contract with the Greek outfit until 2021.

He started his career at Manchester City and was farmed out to Stromsgodset in his homeland and Dutch aces Feyenoord, before moving to Olympiakos in 2014.

The Hoops have also looked at Belgian international Thomas Castagne.

However, Atalanta want £10m for the defender who is also being monitored by Lazio.

Meanwhile, Youssouf Mulumbu is set to leave this month.

The 31-year-old has managed just three appearances and 155 minutes of action since moving to Parkhead on a two-year deal just before the close of last summer’s transfer window.

Mulumbu is well down the Hoops’ pecking order and boss Brendan Rodgers will let him go out on loan to find game-time, with his chances of featuring for Celtic limited in the second half of the campaign.

Rodgers said: “Youssouf is at the age where he needs to play, really.

“He came in as a support player to the team, but he’s at the age really where he needs to play in the next part of the season, so he’ll probably go out on loan.”

In addition to Mulumbu, Rodgers confirmed that Lewis Morgan and Jack Hendry could be set to go out on loan.

However, he insists Morgan and Hendry can use the example of Ryan Christie to return to stake a claim.

Christie spent 18 months developing at Aberdeen before returning to make his big impact in Glasgow.

Hibs want Morgan and Bradford City are chasing Hendry.

Rodgers said: “Some of these boys we will be looking to get out on loan to get them games.

“It’s just about time. When you think of Jack coming in a year ago it was a steep learning curve for him, playing under big pressure and in big games.

“What he has is potential because there are a lot of really good things to his game and, of course, when you make mistakes at the big clubs, then it gets highlighted even more.

“Lewis just joined the club in the last six months. You saw it with Ryan, a perfect example of if you’re not ready now you can go away on a good loan or a couple of loans and when you come back in and get an opportunity you’ve got to take it.”

American defender Andrew Gutman last night agreed a deal with the Hoops.

Gutman, a left-back, was scouted by the champions before heading to Rangers for a trial spell last month.

The 22-year-old is viewed as a long-term prospect.



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