Wolves were today braced for a fresh move from Celtic for striker Leigh Griffiths after Parkhead boss Neil Lennon refused to rule out a bid.
Lennon hinted at possible interest in Wolves’ leading scorer despite his Molineux counterpart, Kenny Jackett, pouring cold water on rumours of a move.
Speaking last night, Lennon rubbished stories of Celtic interest in other targets including Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass.
But he was more coy when quizzed on whether Griffiths was among his targets after Celtic saw a move for an unnamed foreign striker collapse on Thursday.
“I can’t say that,” he replied before adding, “but he is highly thought of, put it that way.”
The Bhoys have already had a loan bid for Griffiths turned down by Wolves, who have played down talk of offloading the 23-year-old, who is their 13-goal leading scorer.
But it is still believed the Molineux club would consider a cash sale.
Jackett, meanwhile, today tipped French powerhouse Ibrahim Keita as a future Wolves star.
The 18-year-old striker has been in prolific form for the club’s under-18s team this season and is highly rated by Molineux staff.
Head coach Jackett took the chance to watch the former France Under-16s international last Saturday at Stoke when the match at Crawley was called off and he scored twice in a 6-1 win.
Jackett also witnessed a top-class strike from Carlo Erdei and a second outing for Barcelona ‘B’ signing Albert Torras.
But Keita is really catching Jackett’s eye, and the youngster, who was scored at an impressive rate ever since signing from Saint Marcel in the 2011-12 season, is being eyed as a future first-teamer.
“Keita’s goalscoring record has been terrific at Under-18 level and we hope it continues,” said Jackett.
“At that level it’s pretty hard to stop him - he looks like scoring every game. He scored two in the first half and then he had a couple of chances before being taken off at half-time as he played in the Under-21s’ game against Chelsea on Monday night for half an hour.
“Those Under-21 games offer a great platform to try to get in the first team if you can do well.”
Jackett gave Keita a glimpse of the senior side after he appeared as an unused substitute in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Oldham in November.