Celtic are thought to be leading Manchester City in the race for Ecuadorian midfielder Jose Cifuentes, according to The Scotsman.

The report states that the Hoops are in pole position to seal a deal for the player due to current work permit rules, with the midfielder himself keen on a move to Scotland.

Premier League champions City are struggling to obtain a work permit for the 20-year-old as he has not yet received a senior international cap.

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That is leaving the door open for Neil Lennon’s side, with work permit rules more relaxed in Scotland.

The youngster recently represented his country at the Under 20 World Cup over the summer, helping them to a surprise third-place finish with some consistent midfield displays.

A deal for Cifuentes could prove to be a smart piece of business by Lennon, who is keen on bolstering his squad even further after spending £10 million on three summer signings already.


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