Stoke City and PAOK are the two main contenders to sign apparent wantaway Celtic talent Sead Haksabanovic in the closing stages of the transfer window.

Haksabanovic arrived in 2022 and signed a five-year deal with the club, but it seems this is a relationship that could soon be coming to an end. The attacker has barely had a look in under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

He also, frustratingly, aired grievances on social media earlier this week in the wake of a poor result against St Johnstone – behaviour that nobody really wants to see.

Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos has reported that Celtic have received a €2m offer for his services from PAOK, which is around £1.7m at today’s exchange rate.

However, there has also been significant interest from English side Stoke City with journalist Pete O’Rourke suggesting last night that he could even undergo a medical there.

It’s unclear what the eventual destination will be, but if PAOK have bid that amount, you would think that Stoke would have to match it least to land their man.

Celtic need team players invested in the direction of the club under Rodgers to succeed, so if Haksabanovic is not a part of that, it’s really for the best that he heads elsewhere.

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Some fans have admired his talent during his time in Glasgow but frankly he’s never proven he can be a consistent starter in the team, under the last manager or this manager.

Even if his future isn’t decided today, there’s still a chance he leaves. The Greek transfer window doesn’t shut until mid-September to PAOK will have the advantage if Stoke’s interest doesn’t materialise over the next few hours.

In other news, Celtic kick out two late English transfer offers; new plan and position for Academy talent.

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