Commons agrees Celtic move

 

Transfer news:Celtic have agreed a deal with Derby County to sign Kris Commons after Rangers ended their interest in signing the Scotland international.

Commons is out of contract at Derby at the end of the season and Rangers boss Walter Smith revealed earlier in the week that he had made an enquiry.

However, speaking after the Gers’ 2-0 win at Hibernian on Wednesday evening, Smith confirmed Commons would not be heading to Ibrox.

Smith said: "There is nothing in that one, that one’s finished with by the looks of things. There is nothing else for us to report on transfers.”

The former Nottingham Forest player is now set to link up with Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic after a fee, believed to be €350,000, was agreed with Derby.

The Rams' chief executive Tom Glick has confirmed that Commons is now heading for talks at Parkhead and that Derby boss Nigel Clough can reinvest the money recouped from the sale.

Glick said: “We received and accepted a bid from Celtic for the transfer of Kris and we have given both the player and Celtic permission to talk personal terms.

“We understand that should be happening very soon, if it has not already happened. I do not know the timetable but I expect Kris will be in Glasgow on Thursday.

“The deal is not completed but whatever funding comes in from the deal is available immediately to the manager or whenever he should choose to invest it.

“We are constantly looking at options to improve the squad. Specifically, we are focused right now on attacking options.”

Blackpoolhave signed Morocco international Salaheddine Sbaifrom French club Nimes, the Seasiders have confirmed.

The 25-year-old left-back has agreed a deal until the end of the season with the option of a further year.

Blackpool have already secured international clearance for the player, who has two international caps, and he will be in contention for next Wednesday’s Premier League clash against West Ham.