Date: 23rd June 2009 at 9:32am
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Celtic have yet to have an offer accepted for Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune – but Hull, Wolves and Portsmouth have all had £4million-plus bids accepted.

The 27-year-old played under Celtic boss Tony Mowbray at West Brom on loan last season. But while reports suggest Fortune would rather re-join Mowbray than accept the highest offer, the involvement of the Premier League clubs may have forced Celtic out of the race.

Nicolas Holveck, Nancy sporting director, was quoted by Daily Record as saying: “We have accepted three separate offers, all from English clubs. All are in excess of four million euros and with adds-ons one is approaching the five million euro mark (£4.2m).

“We are happy to allow the player to begin negotiations with these clubs and we expect the transfer to be formalised by Monday. It’s still possible he could move to Celtic but they have yet to make an acceptable offer.”

Realistically, Celtic cannon afford to become involved in such a bidding war – another example of how the bloated Premier League is destroying the global game. That a club like Hull, devoid of any real history, can throw more than £4million at players like Fortune is, quite frankly, saddening.

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