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Tuesday, October 26, 1999 Published at 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK

Wright in Celtic talks

Wright has been a good find for Forest

Ian Wright could be set to join Celtic as a replacement for injured striker Henrik Larsson, who will miss most of the rest of the season with a broken leg.

The former Arsenal hitman has been on loan at Nottingham Forest for the last two months but is still registered to London club West Ham.

Celtic are keen to sign Wright as they bid to keep up the pressure on Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers.

West Ham have given them permission to take over his contract. Their agreement with Forest ends on Wednesday.

West Ham manager Harry Redknapp said: "I know he wants to play regular first team football and with Larsson breaking his leg, I think Ian would fancy it at Celtic.

"If he wants to go I won't stand in his way. From our point of view, if he is not playing here the deal makes sense."

Celtic are only one point behind their Glasgow enemies but the injury to Larsson is a big blow to their title hopes.

The Swede is Celtic's top scorer with 13 goals but the double fracture he sustained in Celtic's Uefa Cup match against Lyon has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

His absence was keenly felt in Celtic's first game without him - they laboured to a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone on Sunday.

Talented 19-year-old striker Mark Burchill scored but Celtic needed a debatable last minute goal to secure the win.

Wright, who will be 36 next month, has said he intends to retire at the end of the season.

Celtic coach John Barnes said: "If we're going to replace Henrik Larsson it has to be with a very special player and a very special personality - we cannot bring just anybody in.

"Ian Wright is one of those mentioned as a possible short-term option. What he would bring to the team is goals. That's what Ian Wright is known for."

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