Celtic & Flamengo are in contact with Tino Kadewere, Willie McKay trying to insert himself into a deal

There is a flurry of interest in Zimbabwean international attacker Tino Kadewere, who has scored 17 goals in 19 Ligue 2 matches this season for Le Havre.

As initially reported by BeIN Sports yesterday, the youngster is receiving a flurry of interest from clubs across the globe. Kadewere and his family would like a transfer to happen this month, but one that would see the player be loaned back to HAC until the end of the season.

Le Havre have already received a number of firm bids for the player, including an €8m bid from Qatari side Al-Rayan. English press reports claiming that Willie McKay now has a mandate to sell the player in the Premier League are wide of the mark, Le Havre have not provided him with any such mandate.

However, HAC are expecting firm bids from a number of English clubs in the coming days. Celtic and Flamengo have also made formal approaches for the player and in France, Lyon have opened initial discussions with Kadewere, although he is not on the top of their priority list this month.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, the 24-year-old’s agent, Jihed Taniche, gave some more colour to his client’s current situation:

“Tino is delighted with the first half of the season and does not intend to slow down. Like in the final days of the summer transfer window, the player remains calm and is focused on his performances. Tino has a career plan and knows where he wants to go and when. Several clubs have approached us since last summer and the discussions continue today.”

“I have seen Kadewere’s name associated with English agents and others in recent days in the English press, that is absolutely false! It is always the same story: a number of intermediaries try to insert themselves into the situation. I am the only representative of the player, the only individual who has the right to talk for him. No mandate has been given to anyone, not by me, nor by Le Havre. All the scenarios are possible. Tino could very well be transferred and then loaned back to Le Havre to continue until the end of the season. We are working in close collaboration with Le Havre to find a solution that will enable to club to achieve its goals. We are talking with some clubs abroad and in Ligue 1.”

When asked about supposed interest in Bournemouth and Southampton: “There is nothing on this at this stage.”

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