Report: Carlton Cole close to completing Celtic transfer, deal likely this week

Carlton Cole is reportedly set to sign for Celtic this week.

According to The Scottish Sun, striker Carlton Cole is set to sign a contract with Celtic after their Europa League clash with Molde later today.

The Bhoys brought Nadir Ciftci in from Dundee United over the summer in a bid to improve their striking options, but the departure of Stefan Scepovic to Getafe means that Ronny Deila remains a striker short.

Outside of the transfer window, Deila is limited to free agents, and the Norwegian has been trying to exploit that by bringing in unattached striker Cole.

The 32-year-old, who left West Ham at the end of last season, has been without a club ever since leaving Upton Park, and has been training with Celtic 

Cole - who has seven caps for England - has been training with Celtic for over a month now, making some fans believe that a deal wasn't going to be completed.

Now though, The Scottish Sun report that Celtic and Cole are close to an agreement, and the deal could be rubber-stamped after the Bhoys face Molde in the Europa League tonight, following lengthy negotiations over the move.

With experience and a strong physical presence, Cole will certainly add something that Celtic don't have in their attacking options right now, but his modest goalscoring record over the years suggests that Deila is taking a gamble by banking on Cole scoring in Scottish football.

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