Celtic dealt transfer blow in pursuit of AEK Athens stopper

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History beckons for Celtic.

After securing a pretty impressive ninth-straight league title last term, the sights of Neil Lennon’s side are firmly set on next term.

At Parkhead, there’s only one key objective this term and that’s to make in 10 in a row.

A decade of domestic success would be a huge achievement for the Bhoys and would show just how far they’ve kicked on compared to rivals Rangers.

That said, there’s no room for complacency.

Steven Gerrard’s side would love nothing more than to stop their rivals from reaching such a landmark, and that means that Celtic must do all that they can to ensure that are a stronger outfit going into the new campaign.

One major area for improvement is between the sticks.

With Fraser Forster returning to Southampton after his loan spell and Craig Gordon signing for Hearts after his contract expired, the Bhoys are particularly short of experienced options in goal.

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A number of players have been linked with a move, including the likes of Joe Hart, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

However it’s Vasilios Barkas that seems to be the top target at present.

The AEK Athens stopper appears to be high on the list of options for Neil Lennon this summer.

At 26 years of age, the goalkeeper is entering his prime and reports have claimed that talks are very much underway over a deal.

But a fresh update has revealed that an agreement is not near.

That’s according to the Daily Record who claim that no progress has been made.It’s believed that the Greek side are holding out for a fee in the region of £6.5million, while the Scottish champions value the stopper at just £3.5million.

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While there’s time for more negotiations, there’s a significant distance to go before both sides would strike a deal.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

It feels like the momentum is disappearing from this deal.

Reports earlier this week suggested that an agreement was moving closer, with one report even suggesting that personal teams had been agreed.

However it seems that this is not the case.

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With a £3million difference in the valuation of the two clubs, it seems that it could be tricky for both sides to strike a deal.

It’s not impossible, but Celtic would certainly need AEK Athens to drop their asking price.

But given the fact that the Greek side will not be keen to lose their stopper, it’s hard to see them letting him go without a fight.

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