Yakin set for Celtic talks
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Yakin impressed Celtic boss Martin O'Neill with his performance against The Bhoys in the Champions League qualifying match last year, which saw Christian Gross's side knock the Scots out of the competition.
He was linked with a switch to Liverpool, but now it seems as though he may be joining the Glasgow giants, who failed to lift any silverware last term, despite coming very close on a couple of occasions.
Yakin's agent, Ertan Irizak told The Daily Express: "When the Celtic manager returns from his holiday then we will speak with him.
"I can't say when the talks will take place. This has not been settled. But it is important that both myself and Hakan are present for the discussions and we are ready to come to Glasgow."
Irizak confirmed that his client was not too concerned about the financial terms of any contract offered, but wanted to make sure he would be happy at the club.
"This isn't a financial deal," he added. "It's about what will make Hakan happiest.
"Hakan knows this is a big move and wants to make sure that he gets a good feeling from the coach who is looking to sign him and that is why he wants to meet people directly."
Meanwhile Celtic have had a é¼4.5 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen star Yildiray Basturk accepted by the club, but the player has turned down the chance of a move to Scotland.
The German side are keen to offload the Turkish playmaker, as he has only one year left on his current contract.
Leverkusen are without European football next season and so they need to cut costs and bring money into the club via transfers, but it seems as though Basturk will not be joining O'Neill at Parkhead.
Leverkusen's managing director Rainer Calmund said: "We have received an acceptable offer from Celtic for Basturk, but now it's up to the player."