Celtic looking to sign Kante-like midfielder

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Celtic's pursuit of ten titles in a row took a giant boost on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Hoops reportedly wrapped up a deal to bring Moi Elyounoussi back to Glasgow.

The Norwegian has been training with the Bhoys following the conclusion of the season but his loan deal expires on Wednesday, 1st June.

Neil Lennon has made it clear he wants him to return and indeed, he looks to have got his wish.

However, Celtic can't stop in their pursuit of strengthening anytime soon.

Lennon's men have been linked with some impressive names in recent weeks, including former England stopper Joe Hart.

However, the latest murmurs surround a rather unknown talent, one who isn't even a household name in French football.

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That happens to be Brest midfielder Haris Belkebla.

Reports from Lebuteur claim that Celtic are in the race to sign the 26-year-old who has also attracted interest from Glasgow rivals Rangers.

It's claimed that the player has even received an offer from the Hoops, with the player interested in playing abroad.

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The Algerian would leave if the possibility arrives but Brest's sporting director isn't keen on seeing him depart.

Belkebla wants his future sorted before the season resumes.

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Unlike Hart, this report hardly catches the eye, but he's a player that would suit Celtic perfectly.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Belekbla has played 23 matches in Ligue 1 this term and is currently valued at a little over £1m.

The potential fee is unknown but for a player in the bottom half of the French top-tier, he shouldn't command too big a sum of money.

Though, he has a huge degree of potential, one that's seen him earn comparisons to Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

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Former French footballer Bryan Bergougnoux had some generous comments for Belekbla, saying:

"What struck me about him was his ability to always keep going.

"The more complicated the matches and the stronger the opponents, the stronger he was. Haris highlights all the others around him, but you have to let him do what he can do. When asked to create, he may be a little less efficient, but on recovery, he's a monster.

"It reminds me a little of N’Golo Kanté. For me it's already been 2-3 years that he should have been in Ligue 1, or even more."

It's the sheer work ethic Bergougnoux explains that should appeal to Celtic fans the most, especially when they're used to seeing a player as robust as Scott Brown in that holding role.

Described as a monster, signing Belekbla could well be a very shrewd piece of business by Nick Hammond.

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