Date: 20th August 2019 at 10:32am
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By Wayne Veysey

Celtic have submitted an offer to sign Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe, Football Insider has learned.

The Hoops are in pursuit of the Premier League star, 23, as they look to reinforce their attack before the Scottish transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have had discussions with Bournemouth over signing Ibe and have tabled a season-long loan offer.

The Cherries are willing to offload Ibe after he failed to make the starting XI for their opening two Premier League matches this season.

The loan signing of Harry Wilson from Liverpool has pushed Ibe down the pecking order in Eddie Howe’s side and Bournemouth are open to selling him permanently.

Celtic are unwilling to pay the English side’s asking price but have made it clear in talks they are ready to pay a significant loan fee as well as contributing to Ibe’s wages in a deal that would cost multiple millions across the season.

The Scottish champions face competition for the wide man’s signature from clubs in Italy, Spain and Turkey.

He has scored five goals and supplied nine assists from 88 matches since signing from Liverpool for £15million in the summer of 2016.

Capped four times by England at Under-21 level, Ibe has accumulated 117 appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth and Liverpool, which have yielded four goals and 10 assists.

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