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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2007, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
English pair in bids for Rigters
Maceo Rigters
Rigters scored four goals in Holland's Under-21 winning run
Two clubs from England's Premier League are in poll position to capture Netherlands Under-21 striker Maceo Rigters, Breda have confirmed.

Blackburn, Celtic, Newcastle and Rangers have all been linked with the 23-year-old forward.

But Breda director of football Earnie Stewart told BBC Sport: "I can confirm that neither Celtic, nor Rangers, have bid for Maceo Rigters.

"The only two offers have come from the English Premiership."

The Dutch club would now tell the player the interested clubs to gauge his interest in joining them.

I think NAC are now in a position of strength with so many bidders

Agent Frank Schouter

Stewart confirmed that Celtic had formally expressed an interest in the striker but that Rangers had not yet been in touch.

There had been claims by Rigters' agent that five clubs had now places firm offers for the player.

"If Maceo and/or his agent want to reveal the clubs, that's a matter for them, but NAC Breda won't comment other than to confirm there have been two English bids for him," stressed Stewart.

Agent Frank Schouter told BBC Sport: "I think NAC are now in a position of strength with so many bidders.

"We are just waiting for NAC to tell us which clubs we can talk to and that is likely to happen on Monday."

Breda had hoped to negotiate a new contract with Rigters but now appear resigned to sell him to another club.

Interest in the striker was heightened after he hit four goals for the Netherlands en-route to the side winning the European Under-21 Championship final.


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