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Report: Celtic fail in Ambroise Oyongo bid, makes Montreal move instead

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Celtic have reportedly failed in a bid to sign New York Red Bulls left back Ambroise Oyongo - who was later traded to Montreal Impact.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Celtic have failed in a bid to sign New York Red Bulls defender Ambroise Oyongo in a bizarre situation.

Oyongo, 23, is a Cameroon international with nine caps to his name having impressed in Major League Soccer with New York Red Bulls.

The athletic, attack minded left back has now been traded to Montreal Impact in exchange for Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins. in a controversial deal.

Nicolas Onisse, the player's agent, told L'Equipe of how 'unfair' it is for the Red Bulls to trade Oyongo away without even notifying the player beforehand.

"It's not at all what had been agreed," said Onisse. "It's not fair, not right and incomprehensible. Transferring a player without telling him, without asking his opinion remains a serious problem in MLS."

It's particularly strange considering L'Equipe are reporting that the Red Bulls snubbed offers from a number of clubs recently, claiming that they needed him for the new MLS season.

One of the clubs with an alleged interest in Oyongo was Celtic, as manager Ronny Deila continues to be linked with a host of left backs.

Reports earlier this season suggested that Celtic were ready to replace Emilio Izaguirre at left back, and Oyongo is the latest name to be tipped for a move to Glasgow.

Nigerian international Juwon Oshaniwa claimed that the Bhoys were interested in his signature last week, whilst Hamilton Academical youngster Stephen Hendrie was also a reported target before he traveled to London on Wednesday to sign a pre-contract agreement with West Ham United.

So far, Deila's pursuit of a left back appears to have hit a stumbling block with the transfer deadline just a matter of days away.

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