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Celtic keen on West Brom midfielder Robert Koren

West Brom midfielder Robert Koren
Koren was a favourite of Tony Mowbray's at West Brom

By Chris McLaughlin

Celtic are keen to sign West Brom midfielder Robert Koren.

The 29-year-old Slovenian captain is also attracting interest from the Barclays Premier League and Italy but would prefer a move to Glasgow.

An enquiry has been made by Celtic and a formal offer could follow from the Scottish Premier League club.

Tony Mowbray brought him to the Hawthorns when he was West Brom manager and is now keen to link up with him again at Celtic.

Koren, who has previously been described by Mowbray as "a model pro", began his career with Dravograd before moving to Celje, Lillestrom then West Brom in 2007.

Mowbray has been one of Britain's biggest movers during the January transfer window and left-back Danny Fox was sold to Burnley on Friday, with central defender Stephen McManus also joining Middlesbrough on loan.

I have played just two games, but the speed is different and I felt it was more physical

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yong

The Celtic manager had earlier sold defender Gary Caldwell to Wigan and allowed midfielders Barry Robson and Willo Flood to leave for Boro along with striker Chris Killen.

Mowbray has brought in Ki Sung-Yong from Seoul but could be in the market for another midfielder, with Mowbray saying: "There is a little bit of business getting done and hopefully there is a little bit more in the next few days."

The 21-year-old Korean is expected to make his third Celtic appearance when Celtic travel to New Douglas Park on Saturday and admits he is still adapting to life in the Scottish Premier League.

"I am trying to learn how to play here and get used to the players because Asian football and Scottish football is totally different," he said.

"I have played just two games, but the speed is different and I felt it was more physical.

"It is similar to English football but very different to Korean football. But I am really enjoying my time at the club.

"I will try to play the way I did in Korea and I want to help Celtic chase Rangers."


Ki already understands the pressure Mowbray faces after his side slipped 10 points behind leaders Rangers after the midweek defeat by Hibernian.

"Of course we are having a hard time now and people are expecting a lot of things but we are building a new team," said the midfielder

"Some players are going out and some are coming in, so it is a bit complicated, but all the players are trying their best.

"There is a lot of pressure to play for a great club like Celtic because all the players here expect more.

"I think we can do better and the results will come for us."

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