Carlos Mane declares interest in surprise Celtic move, Deila reportedly preparing deal

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Sporting Lisbon's Carlos Mane has admitted his interest in joining Celtic.

Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane has revealed that he 'would not say no' to signing for Celtic, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

The Bhoys have endured an underwhelming campaign, and fans want to see more entertainment from their side as they chase a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title.

Some turgid attacking displays - such as the recent 1-0 defeat to Motherwell and 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle - mean that Deila may seek attacking reinforcements, with one particular target emerging.

The Scottish Sun reported earlier this weekend that Celtic are in discussions over a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane, two years after they initially wanted the Portuguese speedster, they claim.

Mane, 21, was a target for Manchester United according to the Daily Mail, and whilst he scored nine goals for Sporting last season, he has been more of a bit-part figure under new manager Jorge Jesus this term, with only one league start to his name.

With Celtic allegedly pursuing a loan deal with an option to purchase the winger, Mane has now declared his interest in a move to Glasgow, stating that he would not say no to a deal with Celtic, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

"I know some other clubs have asked about me. Celtic? I would not say no," said Mane. "But at the moment I am only thinking about playing for Sporting and showing my true qualities," he added.

Given the clubs linked with Mane in the past, it would be something of a surprise to see him playing for Celtic, but having struggled for playing time this season, he may be keen to get his career back on track with the Bhoys, swapping the green and white hoops of Sporting for the green and white hoops of Celtic, as Deila seemingly prepares a deal this month.

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