Coppola open to Celtic switch

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Messina midfielder Carmine Coppola has indicated he would be open to a move to Scottish champions Celtic.

The Bhoys are keen for midfield reinforcements due to Roy Keane's retirement and the potential exit of Stilian Petrov, and reports in Italy over the weekend suggested that Gordon Strachan had set his sights on the Italy international.

The 27-year-old has emerged as a key player for Messina and has previously attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur due to his impressive performances in Serie A.

Coppola, who missed out on a place in Marcello Lippi's triumphant World Cup squad, has now admitted that he is tempted by the prospect of moving to Parkhead.

"There is an offer from a Scottish club, which is very interesting for me," Coppola told the Italian media.

Coppola's agent, Fulvio Frangiamone, has also revealed that his client would be keen to talk with The Bhoys as they are in a position to offer UEFA Champions League football.

"If there is an agreement then we would talk because everything is possible and I know that Celtic will play in the Champions League group stage this year," Frangiamone told The Herald.

Strachan has already signed Jiri Jarosik to strengthen his midfield, with the Czech star scoring on his SPL debut at the weekend, but a deal for Coppola could also be on the cards with Messina sporting director Marco Valentini conceding the club may sell the star if the right offer arrives.

"It's possible that he could move if there is an offer which is good for Messina," said Valentini.

Strachan is also keen on Ukrainian international Anatolii Tymoschuk, but Coppola would be considerably cheaper given he is entering the last year of his contract.