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Osaze Urhoghide stalling on Celtic loan transfer to Dundee as James McPake gives Leigh Griffiths update

Celtic fringe man Osaze Urhoghide is stalling over a loan move to Dundee.

James McPake spoke of his frustration as he revealed Sam Cosgrove knocked back the Taysiders because he doesn’t want to come back to Scotland.

The Dark Blues, who also remain in talks with Celtic over Leigh Griffiths’ loan situation, have been working hard on a number of transfer fronts but so far the only deal they have got over the line has been that of Canadian international Jay Chapman, who is now waiting for his work permit.

McPake has agreed a loan deal with Celtic for Urhoghide and held talks but the Dutch defender has still to make a decision on his future.

Celtic want the former Sheffield Wednesday man to go out on loan but others close to the player want him to return to England.

McPake said: “We spoke to Celtic regarding Osaze. It’s got to the point where we have spoken to the player, spoken to the agent and it looked like it was going to happen.

“It has stalled unfortunately, at the minute.”

Dundee also remain in talks with Celtic over the Leigh Griffiths’ situation. He is on loan but Dundee want to cut their financial contribution.

It could lead to Griffiths terminating his Celtic contract but if he does that then he is likely to have other offers, as a free agent.

McPake admitted: “He trained today and has trained all week.

“He scored in a game against Forfar on Tuesday night and set up two goals as well.

“We are still in dialogue with Celtic, it is ongoing and we are awaiting clarity on that.

“There is dialogue going on with Celtic regarding a couple of things.”

McPake is trying to bring in a striker and admitted he was keen to land former Aberdeen frontman Cosgrove. The Birmingham City frontman has decided he wants to remain in England.

The Dundee manager revealed: “We spoke to Birmingham and Gordon (Strachan) spoke to Craig Gardner, their technical director.

“We asked the question of Sam but, at the minute, he has no plans to come back to Scotland.

“We met what Birmingham required but unfortunately the big man said he didn’t want to come back.

“But if that changes, we’ll be one of a number of clubs interested. He’s a good player, there’s no denying that.

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“It’s his decision to stay in England. Fair enough, he was open and honest about that.

“It’s one that would have been exciting but, at the minute, it doesn’t look like it’s happening for any Scottish club.”

Meanwhile, Jason Cummings is waiting to put his paperwork in place for a move to A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

“It is similar to Jay Chapman in that there are a lot of hoops to jump through,” McPake insisted.

“If Jason is still a Dundee player come Tuesday then he is available to play.”




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