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By ESPN Staff

Lennon confirms McFadden talks

Neil Lennon has confirmed he aims to have a look at James McFadden in training with a view to signing him for Celtic.

• Celtic eyeing McFadden

Lennon, 28, is a free agent and the Scottish international recently spent two weeks training at Wolves, where he received a contract offer. The forward, who has also been linked with a return to Everton, has not played since September 2010 when he suffered a knee injury playing for former club Birmingham.

McFadden's representatives have held talks with Celtic and the player has been invited to spend some time at their Lennoxtown training complex.

Speaking after Celtic's annual general meeting on Friday, Hoops boss Lennon said: "We are hoping he is going to come up and train for a few days. We have been in talks with James obviously, I have spoken to him and (chief executive) Peter Lawwell has been talking to his advisors, whether a deal is agreed yet, I don't know but there is genuine interest from us.

"It could be short term until the end of the season and if things go well then it could be longer term. He's a player that I've liked for quite a while. He is a very creative player and has good qualities and he is available. He's got goals and is a good character. So we are hoping that we can get something sorted out in the next few days.

"He's been out for a while but I know he has done some rigorous tests down south and passed them all. It would be remiss to sign him on the back of that so we will have a look at him first.''

McFadden's arrival would provide more competition in attack and would prove popular to those Hoops fans who have lost faith with Georgios Samaras.


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