Celtic's Lennon keen on Mexican Juarez

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes he is close to making Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez his latest summer signing.

The Hoops boss is confident of landing the 22-year-old, who started three games for his country at the World Cup.

And Lennon hopes he could even make his Celtic debut against Manchester United while on their pre-season tour of North America.

He said: "We are very close to signing him and hopefully over the next few days we'll have something on that. He might not come to Philly but hopefully he'll come to Toronto.

"He's got great energy, is really comfortable on the ball and works really hard the ball. He's a very fit lad and I think his style will suit us. He's a hardy little guy as well - he can put his foot in.

"I saw Juarez playing against England at Wembley before the World Cup and just kept an eye on him.

"I thought he looked decent there and in the World Cup and when the opportunity came up we watched him again and again and asked if he would fit in to what we wanted to do here.

"We all agreed that he would. We're not paying massive money for him."

However, his agent Jorge Berlanga has been quoted as saying the player is keen on a move to England or Spain.