John Guidetti close to permanent Celtic switch

Celtic John Guidetti

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila is confident he will be able to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti on a permanent basis next month.

The 22-year-old Swedish striker is currently on loan at the Scottish Premiership leaders and City boss Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be willing to make the transfer permanent in January.

Guidetti has scored 11 goals in just 15 games for Celtic and City are understood to be willing to let the forward leave for £3million, with Deila confirming: “There has been some movement on Guidetti.

“Hopefully that’s encouraging. If it wasn’t, I don’t think he’d want to meet us, so it’s positive. There is no problem with his club Manchester City. It’s now about getting the player on board.”

Pellegrini has revealed that he is keen to sign a new striker in the January transfer window and selling Guidetti will give him more room for manoeuvre.

City are currently without the injured trio of Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero and have been linked with Swansea City’s Ivory Coast international forward Wilfried Bony and Aston Villa’s Belgian striker Christian Benteke as well as Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse.

Dzeko picked up an injury during the warm-up before the weekend win at Leicester City and is unlikely to feature again this year, while Jovetic sustained a hamstring injury during last week’s 2-0 Champions League victory against Roma, and Aguero is unlikely to play again until the end of January.

Manchester City are 3.50 to be crowned Premier League champions again this season while current leaders Chelsea can be backed at 1.45.

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