By Wayne Veysey

14th Jul, 2020 | 3:20pm

Sources: Celtic breakthrough in bid to sign international star after Lennon talks

Celtic are closing in on signing free agent Joe Hart after a breakthrough in negotiations, Football Insider understands.

The Hoops have turned their attention to the two-times Premier League winner after failing to agree terms for Fraser Forster to re-sign on a second consecutive loan.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that manager Neil Lennon has had multiple conversations with Hart and discussions are progressing well.

An agreement is not yet in place but there is a growing hope a deal can be secured.

The Hoops manager is a big admirer of the 75-times England star and believes he has the experience and pedigree to handle the club’s 10-in-a-row tilt.

For Hart, a move to Parkhead represents the chance to reignite a career that has fallen flat since he was axed by Pep Guardiola at Man City in 2016.

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He is available on a free transfer after being released by Burnley when his two-year deal expired last month.

Lennon wants a top class number one after losing two of last season’s three senior keepers, with Craig Gordon quitting when his contract expired at the end of May.

A deal for Forster is not dead in the water but the 6ft 7in giants has failed to accept Celtic’s offer after they agreed terms of a buy-to-loan deal with Southampton.

Like Forster, Hart has the CV and top-level experience that Lennon craves.

In addition to his World Cup, European Championships and Champions League pedigree, the former Man City star has won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

In other Celtic news, the club have been given a £40m transfer boost as deal edges closer amid development.

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