French striker Marc-Antoine Fortune has flown to Glasgow as his proposed move to Celtic edges ever closer.
The Nancy striker worked with new Bhoys boss Tony Mowbray during a loan spell at West Brom last season, and the pair look set to link up again.
Fortune will cost Celtic almost $5 million if they can persuade him to turn down similar offers from Hull City, Fulham and Portsmouth.
“My advantage is I have worked with Marc. He knows me as a coach, I know his strengths and weaknesses,” said Mowbray.
“It is in the balance. It will happen in the next day or two. I’ll either be sitting watching him shaking someone’s hand and holding a shirt up somewhere at an English Premier League club, or you will all come back here in a few days’ time and meet the guy yourself.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that the English Premier League clubs get £30-35 million each year off their television deals and the Scottish clubs don’t.
“But what I do know is we have a huge pulling power from the support and the history and tradition of this club. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of footballers who play for the love of the game as well as the money that goes with it.
“To play for a club fighting for championships, hoping to compete in the Champions League is a much bigger draw than taking the money sometimes and going and fighting against relegation and playing in a league when there are only really four teams who can ever compete to win that league.”
Celtic, currently on tour in Australia, need to move in the transfer market after Mowbray confirmed that Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and midfielder Paul Hartley have left the club having not been offered new contracts.
Vennegoor of Hesselink is in talks with PSV Eindhoven while Hartley has signed for Bristol City.
Mowbray is also believed to be interested in Nancy midfielder Landry N’Guemo while new goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has arrived at the club after signing a pre-contract agreement with Gordon Strachan last December.
Zaluska will compete with fellow Pole Artur Boruc for the number one goalkeeping position at Parkhead and admitted, “I must prove to the manager that I’m a good goalkeeper and the chances are equal right now.
“The competition is really fierce. Of course, no one wants to be a number two. With every training session, I want to prove I deserve to play the game, and the competition can only be beneficial for the club.
“The new manager is watching all the players and every player has to show 100% of his capabilities.”
Stephen McManus is the favorite to continue as Celtic captain for the new season, but manager Mowbray has yet to finalize the position.
“I don’t know Stephen’s own thoughts on it,” said Mowbray. “I’ll see what he thinks, how much that decision would impact on him, positively or negatively.
“I haven’t seen any reason why Stephen doesn’t fit all the criteria. He is a very imposing man and he seems like a gentleman.
“Captaincy is important for the standards you set. At a club like this, he has to lead by example in his manner on and off the field and Stephen seems as though he has the capabilities to deal with all those things no problem.
“But I would suggest there are one or two others within the club who might also fit the criteria and there might also be one or two signings that fit is as well.”
Scott McDonald has been named Celtic captain but only for their pre-season match in his native Australia as McManus misses the trip due to a knee injury.
Meanwhile Celtic reserve team coach Willie McStay has been confirmed as manager of Hungarian side Ujpest as part of a new link-up between the two clubs.