Celtic in defender talks, report states deal to spark January sales rush
By Alex Stevens
Efe Ambrose has revealed he is in talks to join French giants Marseille.
The Scottish Sun claim Ambrose’s potential departure could spark a January sales rush of four senior players from Parkhead.
It is said that Kris Commons, Nadir Ciftci and Dedryk Boyata are also in line to leave permanently next month after being deemed surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers.
Ambrose, 28, has made only two appearances for Celtic this season and has not been named in the matchday squad since their Champions League qualification campaign in July.
The Nigeria international, who is out of contract with the Hoops next summer, revealed that negotiations have begun with the Ligue 1 big hitters.
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“Yes, I have had contact with Marseille,” Ambrose said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “It’s nothing concrete yet but we will know more in the coming days.
“For now I’m still at Celtic, where I am hoping to do my best to try and force my way back into the plans of the manager.”
Ambrose, who has accumulated 48 caps for his country, has been frozen out by Rodgers after failing to secure a move in the summer transfer window, with the defender snubbing a transfer to Belgian outfit Standard Liege.
His penultimate match in a Hoops shirt was the infamous 1-0 defeat to amateurs Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltor in late July.
That could prove to be the ignominious end to Ambrose’s time at Celtic, where he has played 169 matches since joining from FC Ashdod in 2012.
He could be joined through the exit door by three senior players.
Commons is on an emergency loan at Hibernian that ends next month, while the Scottish Sun say Dundee United are interested in signing Ciftci and Boyata has been contacted by clubs in Belgium.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers has made it clear that his squad is too big and he wants to get rid of the dead wood. Ambrose, Ciftci, Boyata and Commons have no future at Parkhead and are clearly not going to play any first-team football this season. They need to find new clubs and quick smart. The only roles they are going to have at Celtic in the second half of the season is training with the stiffs and picking up their pay cheques.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a January deal for a goal machine.