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Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Sylla and Guppy for Celtic
Sylla (right) could be signed ahead of Thursday's deadline
Sylla (right) could be signed ahead of Thursday's deadline
St Johnstone's Momo Sylla and Leicester City winger Steve Guppy should both sign for Celtic on Thursday if they pass medicals.

A 750,000 fee has been agreed for Ivory Coast international Sylla, while Guppy will cost the Scottish champions 700,000.

Guppy was understood to be travelling to Glasgow on Wednesday evening and will undergo a medical on Thursday.

Leicester manager Peter Taylor said: "I did not want him to go but the board of directors had made plenty of funds available for me to bring in three players this summer and asked if I could unload somebody to counteract that.

Peter Taylor wanted to keep Guppy
Peter Taylor wanted to keep Guppy
"Steve is an excellent professional, a fine crosser of the ball, and I wish him all the best with his new club."

Guppy has been at Filbert Street for five years and made his England debut in a friendly against Belgium in 1999.

Sylla was signed by St Johnstone boss Sandy Clark from French side Le Havre a year ago for free.

The deal should go through before Thursday's Champions League transfer deadline and he will be available for the qualifier against Ajax later this month.

Versatile player

The 24-year-old was an instant hit with St Johnstone fans after he rejected a move by St Etienne to come to Scotland.

He played in a friendly against Norwich and quickly established himself as a cult figure with Perth fans.

Sylla scored his first goal for the club against Aberdeen and then netted a stunning goal against Rangers at McDiarmid Park in a televised clash last season.

He was St Johnstone's best performer in Saturday's league opener at Celtic Park, when Saints crashed 3-0 to the defending champions.

Sylla can play in a number of positions, a factor not lost on Martin O'Neill as he strengthens his squad ahead of the Ajax encounter.

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