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Sports News of Wednesday, 28 October 2015


Jonathan Mensah courts Scottish interest

Black Star defender Jonathan MensahBlack Star defender Jonathan Mensah

Scottish giants Celtic are set to revive their interest in Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah over a bumper €3.5 million deal after the France-based player ended a ban placed on him by FIFA.

The 25-year old was in talks with the Scottish giants before FIFA and CAS announced the four-month ban on the centre-back.

The defender was banned for four months ban by the Court of Arbitration Soccer (CAS) after they found him guilty of irregularities in his transfer from Udinese to Evian Thonon Gaillard in 2011.

Mensah finished serving the ban on Monday which makes him available for competitive matches.

The Ghana international was linked to Celtic and held talks over the weekend with officials of The Bhoys in the summer as the ban kicked in.

Despite the ban, Celtic maintained their interest in the Ghana defender which prompted a source close to the player to confirm the Scottish side’s interest.

“Celtic are still interested in Jonathan despite this ban by the CAS. They want to have him, so this ruling is just a temporary setback,” the source close to the player was quoted as saying.

Celtic coach Ronny Deila is keen on adding Mensah to his squad to augment his set-up.

The player has since followed Celtic’s official account on Twitter confirming that the move is nigh.