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<H2 class=padding-bottom-7 style="FONT-SIZE: 1.05em; LINE-HEIGHT: 1.05em">CELTIC are poised to hand Scott Brown a bumper new deal - and scupper Newcastle United's raid for their skipper.

Brown has emerged as a £6million target for Toon boss Alan Pardew.

But Hoops power brokers want to tie him to a new long-term deal and have already opened talks with the Scotland star, who has a year left on his contract.

It's understood that Brown WILL turn his back on the cash-rich Premiership by pledging his future to Celts.

The midfielder has been a revelation since Neil Lennon took over as boss last season.

SunSport understands £25,000-a-week Brown will happily sign a new contract - IF Lennon gets a deal of his own.

That looks only be a matter of time after the rookie boss led Celtic to the Scottish Cup and pushed Rangers all the way in the SPL title.

Should Lennon stay, it seems certain his first act will be offering his midfield general a new long-term deal.

A close pal said: "Scott knows he could probably go down south and get a lot of money. But the fact is he's absolutely loved it under Neil, he's made no secret of that.

"He's also made it clear he is the only man for the job at this moment in time.

"Scott is happy in Glasgow and really enjoying his football. He already had initial talks about a new contract a few weeks ago and if a deal was put in front of him then I think there would be no doubt he would be happy to sign it."

Brown joined Celtic from Hibs four years ago for £4.4m in what was the biggest deal ever between two Scottish clubs.

He was made skipper under Tony Mowbray - but has come into his own under Lennon.

Now he looks destined to commit his long-term future to Celtic.

Read more: http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/sport/spl/3638102/Hoops-sink-Newcy-Broon-swoop.html#ixzz1PKTMpeTq

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Midfield general :lol:

Does anybody remember that article in The Herald where the writer said that Brown was as good/worth the same as De Jong? :lol:

Yip! Here is another beauty :sherlock:

January 17, 2009SCOTT BROWN is a shock £15million target for Manchester City.

The English side, bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group, have offered Hamburg that sum for Dutch ace Nigel De Jong.

But they will switch their attention to Celtic midfielder Brown, left, if the German outfit resist.

City gaffer Mark Hughes see Brown's dynamism as the perfect foil for the creativity of £107m Brazilian target Kaka.

Scotland ace Brown has already insisted he is not looking to quit the SPL champions.

He also revealed the chance to play regularly in the Champions League is a key factor behind his happiness at Celtic Park.

City are toiling in the Premier League and European football is a long way off, but their oil-rich owners want to create a major force in world football and money is no object.

The deal would be the biggest ever involving a Scottish club, dwarfing the £12m Rangers paid for Tore Andre Flo.

Brown's performances since his £4.5m move from Hibs in 2007 have attracted several Premier League bosses.

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Portsmouth's Tony Adams was linked with a £9m move, but their bid faltered because they are unable to raise that sort of cash.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell was at the City Of Manchester Stadium yesterday to seal a deal for City's Welsh starlet Ched Evans, as revealed in last week's Sport of the World.

Hoops boss Gordon Strachan was keen to take Evans on loan with a view to a permanent move.

But City ruled out a loan deal and Celtic have decided to take a chance now.

It's understood the fee for the 20-year-old will be around £1m, but that has yet to be thrashed out.

With the clubs reaching an agreement in principle, the only stumbling blocks are the fee and personal terms.

Highly-rated Evans is expected to be a Welsh international for the next decade.

He made his debut against Norwich City in last season's Carling Cup before Canaries boss Glenn Roeder took him to Carrow Road on loan for the rest of the season.

He scored 10 goals in 20 starts there, despite Norwich struggling at the wrong end of the Championship.

Evans returned to City this season and made the first of 17 appearances against Aston Villa before scoring his only goal against Portsmouth in September.

He also won the first of six caps against Iceland, scoring with a cheeky backheel with virtually his first touch.

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Will never understand why those figures are thrown about.

The only time I see Scott Brown show anything like the form he used to show for Hibs is when he plays Right Mid.

He's an awful center mid and a poor player.

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on a side note , has lennon still not been offered a new contract? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thought that swedish moron demanded wage rises for all three of them within the week about a month ago? :lol: :lol:

Nope :lol:

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