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12th Jun, 2018 | 11:18am

Summer exit on cards for Celtic fringe man amid interest, he cost £3m in 2017 - report

Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi could be set to leave the club in the summer, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that the 20-year-old fringe man, who has struggled to break into the Hoops first-team, has been targeted by clubs in Belgium, France and Germany.

The report goes on to claim that any deal is likely to be a loan one rather than a permanent move, but a full-time exit is yet to be ruled out if an acceptable bid comes in.

Kouassi signed for the Hoops for £3million from Russian side Krasnodar in January 2017, but so far he has found it difficult to break into the strongest area of the Hoops team.

His last appearance in the Hoops came in the second leg of the Europa League clash v Zenit, where he was replaced at half-time after a poor first-half performance.

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A loan deal out of Celtic would make sense for both the club and the player. Having spent so much money on the Ivorian, Brendan Rodgers will not want to give up on him just yet, and will want to see how he fares at another club. As for Kouassi, a loan move would presumably appeal to him as it would give him the chance to play football on a regular basis, something which has not been the case in Glasgow so far. The midfielder clearly does have talent, as shown by his performance in the first leg of the Europa League against Zenit, but that seems to have been an outlier, as he hasn’t reached the same heights again. As he is still only 20-years-old, the player has plenty of time in his career to still become a success with the Hoops, but with game time set to be limited by the likes of Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham, then a loan move looks like a good move.

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