Portland Timbers insist reported Crystal Palace and Rangers target Fanendo Adi will not be sold

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The Nigerian striker has also been linked with the likes of Celtic, French side Saint-Etienne and Mexican giants Tigres.

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Portland Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson has told MLSSoccer.com that the club will not be entertaining any offers for Fanendo Adi amid reports linking the striker with the likes of Crystal Palace, Rangers and Celtic.

Adi, 25, joined the Timbers from Danish side FC Copenhagen in 2014 on an initial loan deal which later became permanent and has since established himself as one of the top forward in MLS, netting a club-record 34 goals in 72 regular season appearances.

The 6ft 4in Nigerian proved pivotal in helping the Oregon-based outfit win their maiden MLS Cup title last season and was rewarded for his performances in March with his first senior international call-up.

He has been just as impressive this term, sitting in second place in the Golden Boot race with nine goals in 15 games, and clubs from outside the USA seem to be taking notice.

Yahoo Sports reported in April that Palace and French side Saint-Etienne were both chasing the towering front man’s signature, and his representatives have since confirmed that both clubs have been in contact about a possible deal.

“Agents called us regarding Crystal Palace but no bid has been made for sure,” Onfield Management told allnigeriasoccer.com last month. “Crystal Palace showed interest but we are not sure he can play in England because of difficulties getting a work permit.

“St. Etienne is interested in Adi but can’t pay such money, two German clubs and one in Belgium also want him."

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Adi’s agent also revealed to allnigeriasoccer.com last month that Rangers had sent scouts to watch him in action this season, while Goal.com reported earlier this week that the Gers, Old Firm rivals Celtic, Palace, Belgian side Gent and Mexican giants Tigers are all potential suitors.

Celtic were previously linked with the Timbers ace in January before he went on to sign a three-year contract extension two months later [h/t BT], but his representatives have been in Portland this week to discuss his future with the club amid suggestions that Tigres have lodged a lucrative bid for his services.

Nevertheless, Wilkinson remains adamant that the reigning MLS Cup champions will not be selling their star striker, telling MLSoccer.com: “Adi signed a three-year extension in March and we expect him to honor his commitment to our club.

“Adi is an important player for the Timbers and we are not entertaining any move for him this summer.”

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At the same time, though, Adi’s representatives have told Goal.com that their client is desperate to secure a move to a more competitive league to order to help him earn a regular place in the Nigeria squad and are hoping that the Timbers will change their stance in due course.

The fact he is yet to earn any senior international caps obviously means that a move to Palace, Rangers or Celtic could be complicated by work permit problems, but that would not be an issue in the event of a potential switch to Tigres.

“The Timbers management insisted that they can’t replace him right away, that he’s too valuable to lose,” Adi representatives told Goal.com on Tuesday. “It’s really frustrating for Fanendo but we’re going in for more talks today.”

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