Celtic have agreed to cover most of Shane Duffy’s Brighton wages as they put the finishing touches to a season-long loan, Football Insider has learned.
The Hoops are close to completing the capture of the centre-back, 28, after the Premier League outfit accepted their loan bid.
Sources at both clubs have told Football Insider that Celtic will pay most, but not all, of Duffy’s £45,000-a-week salary, which is more than any player at Parkhead earns.
It is a deal that Neil Lennon has pushed strongly for and is regarded as a major coup by the Scottish giants.
West Ham had made Duffy one of their three top centre-back targets this summer, along with John Stones and Phil Jones, while West Brom have also pursued a deal.
But Duffy had made his mind up to join Celtic for their historic 10-in-a-row tilt and all parties expect the deal to be completed imminently.
This site first revealed last week Brighton were holding out for a £2million-plus fee for the defender, with the Scottish giants only willing to pay around £1m.
But the stalemate has now been broken and Duffy should slot into the Celtic defence for their next match against Ross County on 12 September.
It comes at a time when there is doubt over the future of Kristoffer Ajer, with five weeks of the transfer window remaining.
The Norwegian established a strong partnership with 2019 marquee signing Christopher Jullien at the heart of the defence last season.
But Ajer has fallen out of favour for some matches this season amid speculation of a move to the Premier League or Serie A.