Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has reportedly "knocked back" the chance to move to Southampton.

This is according to French outlet L'Equipe which claims that the forward will "remain at Lyon until the end of the season after a repelled approach by the Premier League club".

The 26-year-old, who joined the Ligue 1 side from the Hoops in 2018, has six months left on the deal that the Scottish champions reportedly have a 15 per cent sell-fee included in.

However, the Bhoys now look set to miss out on that windfall.

It has been a difficult campaign for the former Fulham man, who has struggled for regular game-time this season, scoring twice in 14 appearances for Lyon.

Dembele scored 51 goals for the Scottish champions across two seasons and won back-to-back trebles during his time in Glasgow.

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Meanwhile, on loan Celtic midfielder Oliver Abildgaard is reportedly the subject of transfer "interest" from Aalborg BK.

The 26-year-old is currently on loan at the Scottish champions from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

However, he has only featured nine times for the Hoops since arriving in the east end of Glasgow.



And now Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph claims the Danish Superliga club are "interested" in landing the midfielder's signature on deadline-day.

When captain Callum McGregor got injured away to RB Leipzig in the Champions League, it looked like the Dane would be given the opportunity of some game-time.

However, it was Matt O'Riley who ended up providing cover for the number six position instead.

Abildgaard is the third player to join from the Russian side after the acquisitions of Carl Starfelt and Sead Haksabanovic.

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