Report: Celtic remain interested in signing Jonathan Mensah despite four-month ban

Celtic are reportedly still interested in signing Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah despite his ban.

According to Ghana Soccernet, Celtic remain interested in Evian Thonon Gaillard defender Jonathan Mensah despite him being banned for four months.

Mensah, 24, has just seen his side Evian suffer relegation from the top flight of French football, and has now been handed a ban until August.

The Ghanaian international joined Evian in 2011, claiming to be a free agent - but Udinese have won their claim that Mensah was actually still under contract with the Italian side, making his transfer to Evian illegal.

It's taken four years, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport have now decided to ban Mensah for four months, starting from April and running through to August - meaning he will now miss Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for Ghana over the summer.

The ban also has an impact on Mensah's future, after the Daily Record suggested that Celtic wanted to bring the centre back to Scotland as manager Ronny Deila makes plans for life without Jason Denayer and potentially Virgil van Dijk too.

Mensah is set to be a free agent this summer, and whilst his ban from all football could have been a deterrent for Celtic, Ghana Soccernet say that the Bhoys remain interested.

They report quotes from an agent 'close to the deal' who says that Celtic still want Mensah as he will be able to play around the start of the new season, and negotiations will continue with the Bhoys despite the ban.

"Celtic are still interested in Jonathan despite this ban by CAS. They want to have him so this ruling is just a temporary setback. We will continue with the talks," said the agent, according to Ghana Soccernet.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch