Celtic are willing to sell midfielder Eboue Kouassi at a huge loss in January, Football Insider understands.
The central midfielder, 21, is keen to find a new club after 13 months out of the first team following a serious knee injury.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club are open to offload Kouassi in the upcoming window either permanently or on loan.
Celtic are ready to smooth the central midfielder’s departure by selling him for far less than the £3million fee paid to prise him from Russian club Krasnodar in January 2017.
The Hoops will take a hit of up to £2million but a loan deal may be more likely due to the forgotten Ivorian having a contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
Kouassi made the last of his 22 Hoops appearances in October of last year and has not even made a matchday squad this season.
He has been pictured in first-team training after recovering in the summer from a cruciate ligament knee injury but his chances of getting back in the side appear remote.
Neil Lennon revealed at the Celtic AGM today he is keen on signing a midfield anchorman in January as he expressed his interest in re-signing Tottenham star Victor Wanyama.
The signing of the Kenya international or any new central midfielder would push Kouassi further down the pecking order and may spell the end of his time at Parkhead.
He was spoken highly of by ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, who tipped him to become Scott Brown’s successor as the midfield anchorman at Celtic.
The Leicester City boss told the Record in January of last year: “Eboue’s brilliant in training, he does everything, and longer term he will certainly fulfill that role when Scott moves on.”