By Wayne Veysey

18th Aug, 2017 | 7:32pm

Report: Celtic agree to pay big money to sign forward as deal all but done

By Harry Sykes

Patrick Roberts will return to Celtic for a second spell after the club agreed an expensive loan deal with Manchester City, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the two clubs reached an agreement today (Friday) and a season-long loan will be announced at the start of the next week.

It is said that the Scottish treble winners will pay a “a substantial loan fee” and a “hefty” contribution towards the wages of the wide forward, who joined City from Fulham in the summer of 2015 in an £11million deal.

Celtic have not yet officially confirmed that the City player is on his way back but the Scottish Sun report that Roberts has been keen to make a return to Parkhead for a second spell.

Celtic wanted to land Roberts, 20, in time for him to play in Wednesday’s first-leg Champions League qualification clash against FC Astana but were unable to seal the deal by Uefa’s 11pm deadline on Tuesday.

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The Hoops went on to demolish their opponents 5-0 to virtually seal a play in the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.

England Under-20 international Roberts made a huge impression for Celtic during an 18-month loan that ended in June.

The front man, who is renowned for his skill and trickery from out wide, completed a haul of 11 goals and 19 assists from 43 league and cup appearances that was crucial to the club’s treble-winning campaign last season.

Roberts is set to become the fourth Celtic signing of the summer, following Jonny Hayes, Olivier Ntcham and Kundai Benyu to his squad before the transfer window cut-off.

In addition, Stuart Armstrong agreed a two-year contract with the club that was announced earlier today.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club have agreed to sell a defender to a top-flight club.

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