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Celtic have had talks with Marseille about a possible transfer of striker Moussa Dembele, with the Scottish champions looking for more than £20m and not willing to part with the 21-year-old until the end of the Champions League qualifiers, but the interest could lead to an auction with other suitors in England and Italy, such as Everton and AC Milan.(Daily Express)external-link

Moussa Dembele would be open to a summer transfer to Marseille and the Ligue 1 club could secure the France Under-21 striker should they meet Celtic's £20m asking price despite interest from clubs around Europe. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Moussa Dembele has been voted the number one choice as new striker by Marseille fans, ahead of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and AC Milan's Carlos Bacca, as Celtic's 21-year-old Frenchman is linked with a move back to his homeland.(Daily Record)external-link

Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre has described it as "a very sad day in my life" as he completed his transfer from Celtic to Saudi Arabian club Al-Fayha. (Daily Record)external-link

Rotherham United have cooled their interest in Rangers' Josh Windass after Southend United did the same with fellow midfielder Harry Forrester as Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha finds it difficult to offload the out-of-favour pair.(Daily Record)external-link

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
Celtic are said to have held talks with Marseille about striker Moussa Dembele

Midfielder Andy Halliday, who was sent on loan to Gabala this summer, was voted man of match as the Azerbaijani outfit reached the third round of Europa League qualifying by beating Poland's Jagiellonia Bialystock. (Daily Record)external-link

Sunderland have opened talks with Aston Villa over bringing 30-year-old Scotland striker Ross McCormack to the club on a season-long loan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Motherwell have signed striker George Newell on a one-year contract after the 20-year-old Englishman left Bolton Wanderers. (Daily Express, print edition)

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says he has not been putting pressure on Louis Moult, who was subject of a failed bid by Aberdeen, to sign a new contract but that talks are ongoing with the striker.(The Herald)external-link

Airdrieonians director of football Gordon Dalziel has conceded that the League One club do not have any money to land a head coach and new players, unless they are willing to work for free, having been plunged into turmoil when majority­ shareholder Tom Wotherspoon stepped down as chairman last month and dramatically reduced his funding. (The Scotsman)external-link

Former Rangers and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson has been made bankrupt with debts of more than £1.4m after failing to settle large bills thought to be owed to the taxman.(The Herald)external-link

Kari Arnason, the veteran Iceland defender who has returned to Aberdeen from Omonia Nicosia, says the Pittodrie club are more professional than they were five years ago. (Daily Record)external-link

New Aberdeen signing Kari Arnason says he took a pay cut to return to Pittodrie from Omonia Nicosia. (Daily Express, print edition)

Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack
Sunderland have been linked with Aston Villa and Scotland striker Ross McCormack

Dundalk midfielder Stephen O'Donnell, who came through the Arsenal youth system with Nicklas Bendtner, thinks Wednesday's Champions League qualifier against Celtic will bring out the best in the Rosenborg striker. (The Scotsman)external-link

Scotland midfielder Jo Love has vowed to take revenge on Spain for a last-minute Euro 2013 defeat when the sides meet on Wednesday at the Women's Euro 2017 finals.(Daily Record)external-link

Having already imposed a two-game ban on the Green Brigade signing section at Celtic Park, the Scottish champions have extended it to this weekend's friendly away to Sunderland and their Champions League qualifier in Norway against Rosenborg. (Daily Record, print edition)


Loose forward David Denton, the 27-year-old who has not played for Scotland since last summer's tour to Japan, hopes his switch from Bath to Worcester­ Warriors will earn him a recall to the international squad.(The Scotsman)external-link

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