Celtic transfer news bulletin as Jota offers 'welcomed' by irked Ittihad while Kyogo to Urawa takes fresh twist

Jota of Al Ittihad
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Raging Al-Ittihad chiefs are reportedly "welcoming" offers for misfit Jota amid speculation in Saudi that he could make a return to Celtic.

The 24-year-old had a lacklustre campaign in the Saudi Pro League following his £25m departure from the Scottish Premiership champions last summer. The winger was not been registered on the list of foreign players allowed in the Ittihad league squad at the beginning of the campaign - relegating him to cameos in cup competitions and occasional Asian Champions League appearances.

After being drafted back into the squad in January he still faced an injury-hampered campaign in the Middle East managing just 25 appearances last term. Time now appears to be up for Jota at Ittihad after fans reacted angrily the attacker cleared the clip of his Ittihad unveiling from his Instagram page. The only video clip now left on the page is his emotional farewell to Celtic last summer.

It is now claimed the decision has also irked the club at they are now open to "proposals" to snap up the wide man this summer. HiHi report that Al-Ettifaq had been expected to sign Jota - but Steven Gerrard's side have now "withdrawn" from the talks.

Ittihad will now "wait" for new proposals before making a final decision on his future. Speculation has ramped up in Saudi that Brendan Rodgers could make a move for the star.

Another man linked with a return is Odsonne Edouard. The Frenchman appears to be surplus to requirements at Crystal Palace - but a mega-money offer would be required to take the forward back to the Premiership.

Boss Oliver Glasner is hoping to recoup a fee north of £20million, report London World. This will be used to "bring a new face to push" first-choice Jean-Philippe Mateta "to the next level."

Kyogo during Celtic training -Credit:SNS Group
Kyogo during Celtic training -Credit:SNS Group

One man that Celtic won't want to lose is Kyogo Furuhashi. Cash-rich Urawa Red Diamonds have been linked with a sensational move for the Hoops' talisman this summer.

Reports had suggested that an offer in the region of £10million was expected for the striker - but the J-League side appear in no rush to make their move and smash through the record fee spent by a Japanese club to land the frontman. Football Scotland report that no approach has materialised at this stage.