Celtic move closer to Jonjoe Kenny loan deal


Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny is set to sign a loan deal with Celtic after the Scottish champions were surprised by Liverpool in their pursuit of Preston defender Ben Davies.

Kenny, 23, has made 48 appearances for Everton and is a short-term substitute for Jeremie Frimpong, who left for Bayer Leverkusen last week.

Manager Neil Lennon said, “We just need the paperwork done. He was in the building, he traveled last night, so I hope we can get that signed and sealed this afternoon.

Neil Lennon hopes to add to his squad (Andrew Milligan / PA)

“He’s a player I’ve loved for a while. He’s obviously at Everton and has had a very good career in young England at the under-21 level and I watched him a lot last season when he was on loan at Schalke.

“I love his qualities, his enthusiasm for the game, his character, and I think he will bring that to the team. He’s a bubbly personality and he plays that way too.”

Celtic had hoped to secure a pre-contract deal with center-back Davies, but Liverpool saw an offer for the 25-year-old accepted by Preston on Sunday.

Ben davies

Preston North End’s Ben Davies was close to a Celtic deal (Nick Potts / PA)

“It’s a big blow because we were very close to doing it and obviously we were surprised at the last minute by Liverpool,” said Lennon.

“He lives in this area and I’m sure it would have been very rewarding financially for him too, so disappointed but we move on. This is not the first time that this has happened to us or to myself as a manager. “

Lennon has confirmed that Celtic are considering other options, including Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, while French midfielder Olivier Ntcham is in talks with Marseille over a loan.

“I think he’s looking for a fresh start or to advance his career elsewhere, and he’s made that clear over a long period of time,” said Lennon.

Scott Wright

Scott Wright from Aberdeen (PA)

Rangers could speed up moves for two pre-contract signings, Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson and Aberdeen forward Scott Wright, while George Edmundson could be on his way to Derby on loan.

Aberdeen sold Sam Cosgrove to Birmingham on Sunday and is trying to get Scotland Under-21 striker Fraser Hornby on loan from Stade de Reims. Assistant boss Tony Docherty said: “He’s definitely a player we really admire and would be a good addition.”

Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous both trained with Hibernian on Monday after the club rejected offers from Birmingham and Millwall respectively last week.

Head coach Jack Ross was unsure whether Birmingham launched a new offer on Sunday, adding: “I haven’t been told otherwise in the last 24 or 36 hours, other people at the club would probably respond better than me.

Hibernian's Kevin Nisbet is in demand

Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet is in demand (Jane Barlow / PA)

“But on the football side, he trained this morning and as it stands will be with me tomorrow night for the game at St Mirren.”

Stevie Mallan is in Turkey to sign a loan deal with Super Lig Malatyaspor squad.

Ross said: “I think he’s now completed all of his necessary medicals and if I understand correctly I think it’s just subject to international clearance.”

Livingston is set to sign a loan from a foreign player in what would be his last deal of the transfer window.

Director David Martindale said: “I’m trying to put one in the door and it’s underway. We haven’t had any phone calls about our players.

Midfielder Robbie Crawford ended his career at Livingston by loaning Motherwell a permanent transfer until the end of the season. Fir Park chief executive Alan Burrows said earlier that they hoped to “add a couple of these before midnight.”

Dundee United defender Lewis Neilson has been linked with a move to Leicester.

Hamilton could see a frustrating month go by without a signature, but St Johnstone is hoping to be busy.

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is on the hunt for another signing.

St Mirren Director Jim Goodwin

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin (Andrew Milligan / PA)

“We are working on a couple of things,” he said. “It’s not the end of the world if we don’t get one, but I think we need a little more cover in the back row, preferably a left defender because we sometimes run out of a little balance. “

Kilmarnock is still seeking late deals despite his company splitting from manager Alex Dyer on Saturday.

Football operations chief James Fowler said: “We were looking to add a player or two anyway before the manager left. This process continued.

Ross County boss John Hughes doesn’t expect to be busy despite Ross Stewart leaving for Sunderland on Sunday.

“I think we’ve done our thing,” he said. “There’s a couple of things going on, but it’s just a matter of educating us and we’ve never heard from and that’s it.”

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