CELTIC are set to confirm the signing of Southampton winger Jonathan Afolabi, Herald and Times Sport understands.

The 19-year-old forward left the English Premier League side after being told he was surplus to requirements, and Celtic have beat a host of English clubs, Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow and Spanish side Real Valladolid to his signature.

Afolabi represented Ireland at the under-19 European Championships this summer and is also eligible to play for Nigeria.


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Afolabi made 74 appearances for Southampton at youth level for the club, scoring 16 goals and providing eight assists.

He has been capped seven times for Ireland's under-19s, scoring twice.

The deal is expected to be announced before Celtic's fixture against Dunfermline this afternoon.

More to follow.