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Celtic and Marseille ‘reach agreement’ on transfer of Olivier Ntcham

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Marseille have decided to sign a loan from Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham with a call option and appear ready to close the deal before the transfer deadline, according to a report in France.

Ntcham joined Celtic from Manchester City academy in 2017 and has been blowing hot and cold ever since. There have been times he showed real promise – in his heyday, he scored a famous game-winning goal against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico – but due to fitness issues and inconsistencies he s ‘passed out in the team.

His stock has rarely been less than it is now. While other midfielders David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro came out of the cold to thrive, Ntcham did not appear for Celtic in 2021, and Neil Lennon has apparently decided he is not part of the solution to their struggles. .

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Lennon hardly appealed to Ntcham | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

With no first-team return to come, reports suggest the 24-year-old has expressed a desire to leave and has been offered a few options.

90 mins revealed in August that there was great interest from the Premier League, and although that has faded due to his form in Scotland, he has survived to some extent – on Sunday Sky Sports reported that Newcastle clearly had expressed interest.

According to RMC Sport, however, it is the Marseille Ligue 1 side that appear ready to bring him in. In their transfer blog, they claim that an agreement has been made on a six-month loan with an option to buy, and he should undergo a medical examination. in France this afternoon.

They say the agreed fee is around € 5million (£ 4.4million) – slightly less than the reported £ 4.5million Celtic paid to sign him from City in 2017.

This suggests that the Scottish champions are keen to make a quick buck on him while they can, which makes sense given he will enter the final year of his contract this summer.

Ntcham has scored 24 goals and recorded 13 assists in 147 appearances for Celtic, and is obviously a talented player when his header is in the game. The move will see him return to French football for the first time since leaving Le Havre academy at the age of 16, and he hopes the new start at home can give him the platform to rediscover. his best football.

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