Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that Carlton Cole must fit in to the club's wage structure - otherwise the deal simply won't happen.
The Bhoys manager made a host of summer signings, bringing in Logan Bailly, Saidy Janko, Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic, Tyler Blackett, Scott Allan and Nadir Ciftci, as well as securing a deal for Inverness midfielder Ryan Christie, who has gone back out on loan to Inverness.
Even with the transfer window closed, Deila is lining up further transfer moves, having taken former West Ham striker Carlton Cole on trial.
The 31-year-old centre forward, who left Upton Park at the end of his contract this summer, is looking for a new club, and could now join Celtic having joined the Bhoys for training this week.
Deila has been searching for a target man for some time now, and Cole could be the man to fill that particular need for the Norwegian manager - but he has also explained that the deal may not be possible.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Deila has admitted that Cole must fit in to Celtic's wage structure, and if he doesn't, then Celtic won't pursue a deal any further, with the Bhoys implemented a strict policy when it comes to wages.
"Carlton has to go into our salary structure. If not, the deal is not possible," said Deila. "The wage structure is not a surprise to him, every agent knows where the limits are. We don’t know yet if any contract would be one or two or three years. But it should be beyond the summer if he goes for it," he added.
Cole may be an ex-Premier League player, but considering that he has been without a club since leaving West Ham, Celtic and Cole shouldn't have much trouble finalising a permanent move - if Deila is suitably impressed with the striker during training.