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3rd Aug, 2016 | 8:20pm

Celtic receive major boost as Championship club loosen grip on versatile attacker - report

By Will Butcher

Celtic have received a major boost in their trail of Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair after the Midlands club had a bid accepted for Ross McCormack.

The Fulham star is in talks with Roberto Di Matteo’s side after the Craven Cottage side released a statement to confirm they had accepted an offer for the Scotland international.

The Sun claim that the former Leeds star’s move to Villa Park could mean that the Hoops may find more Villa more flexible over the availability of Sinclair.

Scottish Champions Celtic have been on the trail of the former Manchester City star all summer, and have already had four bids rejected as Brendan Rodgers looks to set up a second reunion with the 27-year-old.

The Daily Record have reported that the Scottish Champions remain undeterred in their pursuit of Sinclair, and are set to return to the negotiating table with a bid of over £3million.

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With this offer set to be tabled, the Hoops could stand a much larger chance of landing the former England under-21 international if, as expected, McCormack puts pen to paper at Villa Park.

The former City star could be tempted to move to Parkhead with the lure of Champions League football and a crowd of 60,000 something that Villa can’t match.

The Villains decided to buy Sinclair for £2.5million last summer, and in 27 Premier League appearances, Sinclair scored two goals.

Despite his poor form, Di Matteo is looking to recoup almost double the price that Villa paid for him last summer. Sinclair made his name at Swansea, before moving to City for around £7million and has also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

In other Celtic transfer news, this out-of-favour duo could return to former side Dundee United.