South American side claim they have been ‘offered’ Celtic star in surprise move

Brazilian club side Coritiba have confirmed that they have spoken to Celtic striker Colin Kazim-Richards about a move to South America.

Kazim-Richards’ wife is Brazilian and it seems the player is being asked to move by the Scottish champions after Coritiba’s head coach, Gilson Kleina, told Radio Transamerica Curitiba (translated by STV News) that they have been “offered” the striker:

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“We were offered him. I spoke with him and also clubs where he played in Turkey, the Netherlands and Scotland. I am sure he might be a surprise in Brazilian football.”

The club’s Sporting Director Valdir Barbosa also confirmed that a meeting had taken place between the player and the club. He says there will be further discussions today about finalising the deal:

“We conducted an interview with Colin Kazim-Richards. He will be in Coritiba on Tuesday and his Brazilian wife wants him to wear the uniform here.”

Kazim-Richards only joined from Feyenoord in February on a two and a half year contract but after five starts, eight substitute appearances and two goals for the Scottish club, it looks likely that the 29-year-old is surplus to requirements with new manager Brendan Rodgers looking to reshape the team and make room for new signings, while reducing the squad size.