Date: 8th July 2007 at 2:42pm
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Celtic are thought to be tracking Swedish star Christian Wilhelmsson – but the presence of former England boss at Man City could convince the winger to move to England, while Spurs and Middlesbrough are also interested.

The 27-year-old Nantes player spent last season on-loan at AS Roma. Now that Nantes have been relegated, it has been suggested that Wilhelmsson is available for just £500,000 – a bargain for a player with 43 caps for Sweden.

However, the News of the World has claimed that Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to make his fellow Swede his first signing. With other English clubs also though to be monitoring developments, and it seems likely that Wilhelmsson will move to these islands, if not to Scotland.

Wilhelmsson is one of the fastest players in the Swedish national side and has caused top-defenders problems with his tricky play. While his goal-return isn’t too spectacular, Wilhelmsson is more of a creative winner than a player who converts chances others create.

Examples of Wilhelmsson’s pace can be see here and it’s hard not to make comparisons with former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman. If Gordon Strachan managed to bring the winger to Parkhead, there is little doubt that Celtic’s attacking potency would increase dramatically.

Certainly a player to keep an eye on during the next few weeks…

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