Dynamo Kiev left-back El Kaddouri joins Celtic

Dynamo Kiev's Badr El Kaddouri
Celtic have the option to sign El Kaddouri on a permanent deal

Celtic have signed Morocco left-back Badr El Kaddouri on a six-month loan deal from Dynamo Kiev.

The Glasgow club's manager, Neil Lennon, had been seeking a replacement for Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre, who fractured his ankle in August.

Celtic had made in enquiry about Manchester City's Wayne Bridge and West Ham United left-back Herita Ilunga.

Instead, they have secured 30-year-old El Kaddouri and have an option to buy at the end of the loan period.

The Moroccan started his career in his homeland with Wydad Casablanca and moved to Ukrainian football with Kiev in 2002, making 26 first-team appearances in 2010-11.

El Kaddouri's arrival was quickly followed on transfer deadline day by confirmation that unwanted central defender Jos Hooiveld had joined Southampton on loan until January.

Having secured Sierra Leone striker Bangura from AIK 24 hours earlier, Celtic manager Neil Lennon allowed fringe forward Shaun Maloney to move to Wigan Athletic for £1m.

The Glasgow club held on to striker Gary Hooper despite interest from Queens Park Rangers and Wolves.

Georgios Samaras also stayed put despite much speculation surrounding the Greece striker.

Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and Sunderland all rejected the chance to sign the former Manchester City player, who was also linked with French clubs St Etienne and Rennes.