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Dembele poised to replace Scepovic at Celtic

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Moussa Dembele (left) joined Fulham from Paris St-Germain in 2012

France Under-20 striker Moussa Dembele is close to joining Celtic while fellow forward Stefan Scepovic has returned to Spanish club Getafe.

The 19-year-old Dembele, who is out of contract with Fulham, is to undergo a medical with the Scottish champions.

Scepovic, who was under contract until 2018, has been sold to Getafe after spending last season on loan there.

The 26-year-old Serb played only one game for the Glasgow club last season before moving to Spain.

He scored six goals in 25 games in an underwhelming first season at Celtic Park after arriving from Sporting Gijon for £2.3m on transfer deadline day in August 2014.

Scepovic, who has also played for Beograd, Sampdoria, Club Brugge, Hapoel Acre, Partizan Belgrade and Ashdod, scored six times in 34 appearances while on loan in Spain.

Scepovic joined Celtic for £2.3m but scored only six goals for the club

Getafe, who were relegated from La Liga to the Segunda Division, say Scepovic has signed a four-year contract.

He becomes the fourth striker to exit Celtic Park since Brendan Rodgers succeeded Ronny Deila as manager at the end of May.

Anthony Stokes joined Blackburn Rovers after the Irishman was not offered a new contract, while former Turkey forward Colin Kazim-Richards was transferred to Brazilian club Curitiba and former England player Carlton Cole’s contract was terminated.

Dembele joined Fulham from Paris St-Germain as a 16-year-old and made his debut for the London club in a Premier League game against West Ham United in November 2013.

He scored 17 goals in 46 appearances last season as Fulham finished 20th in the English Championship, two places above the relegation spots.

Celtic will be required to pay a compensation fee to the London club should Dembele sign for them.

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Dembele poised to replace Scepovic at Celtic

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