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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 20:12 GMT 21:12 UK
West Brom want Celtic's Beattie
Craig Beattie celebrates a goal this season against Aberdeen
Craig Beattie has scored some important goals for Celtic
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed their interest in Celtic and Scotland striker Craig Beattie.

Baggies manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Sport that he has been in touch with Celtic about the 23-year-old.

No deal has been struck, but it is being suggested that West Brom will have to pay about 1m for the forward.

Beattie has made just 23 starts for Celtic since making his first-team debut in a Champions League qualifier against Kaunas in 2003.

He has also made 43 substitute appearances and scored 16 goals during an injury-blighted career with the Scottish champions.

Beattie, released by Rangers as a youth but now capped four times, scored for Scotland in a 2-1 win over Georgia this season.

But reports have suggested that Celtic manager Gordon Strachan does not view him as part of his first-team plans for the coming season.

And Mowbray has been an admirer of Beattie's since the West Brom boss's time in charge of Hibernian.

Mowbray attempted to sign Beattie for the Edinburgh club last summer before leaving Easter Road for Albion in October.

West Brom are confident that Beattie will agree personal terms.

Mowbray requires striking reinforcements as last season's top scorer, Diomansy Kamara, has made it clear he wants to play top-flight football next season.

The Championship outfit have already rejected a bid from Birmingham for 23-goal Kamara but are likely to let him go if the price is right.

Nathan Ellington's future is also in doubt and he is due to hold talks with two unnamed London clubs this week.

He came close to returning to Wigan Athletic in the January transfer window and has been linked with a move to Charlton Athletic.

There is also a question mark over whether John Hartson will remain with West Brom after having only a bit-part to play under Mowbray.

If all three departed, Albion's only experienced front player would be 33-year-old Kevin Phillips.

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17 Feb 07 |  Celtic


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