Date: 20th June 2009 at 9:23am
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Reports in France and Germany claim Celtic and Wolves are fighting to secure the signature of free-agent Thimothee Atouba.

The 27-year-old Cameroon international, who spent a season with Spurs four years ago, is thought to be pondering a move to either England or Scotland after his contract with Hamburg expired.

According to skysports.com: “Celtic have been tracking his progress for some time, while Wolves are understood to want more experience in their squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign.”

Rumours of a mythical position known as “left-back” have been passed from fan-to-fan in hushed whispers at Parkhead and, while some claim Lee Naylor once knew how to fill the position, any reports of signing a real one are normally met with excitement…then disappointment when the transfer doesn’t happen.



Atouba told skysports.com: “There are many chances my career will continue in the United Kingdom, or somewhere else, I have many contacts. There is interest. I am relaxed and will be making an announcement in a few days.”

Sadly, and the following words are painful to write, it’s easy to visualise Atouba’s “announcement”, with him speaking of how happy he is to sign for Wolves and play in the Premier League again, when the only factor in his decision has been cash.

In any case, and all jokes aside, Celtic do need a left-back and, while it’s not the only priority for Tony Mowbray and the suits, starting another season without filling the shortage would not be the best way for the new boss to endear himself to the fans.

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