West Brom and Crystal Palace keen on Parkhead battler.
Premier League outfits West Brom and Crystal Palace are both reportedly lining up a move to sign Celtic defender Efe Ambrose, according to the Mirror.
The highly-rated Nigerian international has impressed this past season with the Scottish champions, earning him an international call-up in the process. Both West Brom and Crystal Palace want to bring Ambrose south of the border as they look to reinforce their defensive options with the signing of the combative defender.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reluctant to sell Ambrose this summer, having already lost two of his key players to the Premier League this summer already, with midfielder Victor Wanyama joining Southampton, and clinical forward Gary Hooper has joined Norwich. Crystal Palace are certainly keen on bringing the 24-year old to London as they look to build a squad for Premier League survival.
West Brom’s interest in Ambrose may be cooled this week following the signing of PSG defender and Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano this summer on a two-year deal. Manager Steve Clark is looking to build on last season’s heroics, seeing the Baggies finish in an impressive eighth place in the Premier League, nearly breaking the 50 point barrier.
The Midlands club have also brought in veteran forward Nicolas Anelka to help fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku after his loan spell from Chelsea ended this summer. The club are also working hard on bringing in former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou from Lille as well this window.