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Cervi set to complete Celtic move

By Chris McLaughlin

Dominic Cervi
Cervi had a long wait to win an Italian passport before joining Celtic

Celtic are set to complete the capture of goalkeeper Dominic Cervi this week while they have not given up hope of signing midfielder James McCarthy.

Hamilton rejected an offer from their Scottish Premier League rivals last week for 18-year-old McCarthy, who is attracting interest from English clubs.

USA Under-23 international Cervi impressed while on trial at Celtic.

His move has been delayed since September but he is now due in Glasgow after receiving an Italian passport.

The University of Tulsa graduate rejected the chance to sign a contract with Major League Soccer after being selected by Chicago Fire.

Cervi is likely to remain an understudy to Artur Boruc, should the Pole remain with the Scottish champions next season, and the present number one's countryman, Lukasz Zaluska, who has signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Glasgow club next season.

His arrival will call into question the future at Celtic of present second choice Mark Brown.

As far as I understand, there have been two offers put to Swindon that have been rejected - an offer from Celtic and an offer from Leicester City

Simon Cox's agent, Alex Cowdy

Meanwhile, a Celtic source told BBC Scotland that, despite recent reports, the club had not made enquiries about Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar, Austrian striker Mark Janko, or Swindon forward Simon Cox.

Earlier on Wednesday Cox's agent, Alex Cowdy, told BBC Scotland that Celtic and Leicester City had both had offers rejected for the 22-year-old.

"Throughout the season, there have been a lot of clubs watching Simon, including Celtic," said Cowdy.

"As far as I understand, there have been two offers put to Swindon that have been rejected - an offer from Celtic and an offer from Leicester City.

"The Swindon chairman has come out in the press and said that Simon remains a Swindon player and it's going to take something special to get him away from the club and I think he values Simon at around £2.5m.

"But Simon has made no secret that he would like to play at the highest level and Celtic come into that bracket."

Cox has another year of his contract to run, but his agent believes he would score at the top level, having netted 32 times this season despite playing in a side that this season struggled to avoid relegation from England's League One.

Agents for Aguiar, who will leave Hearts under freedom of contract, and Janko, whose £5m-plus price tag could put him out of the Glasgow club's reach, had also claimed that Celtic were in talks about signing the players.



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see also
Accies reject Celtic McCarthy bid
14 May 09 |  Hamilton
Swindon reject two bids for Cox
14 May 09 |  Leicester
Celtic confirm deal for Zaluska
23 Dec 08 |  Dundee Utd
Celtic to sign USA keeper Cervi
26 Sep 08 |  Celtic


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