CELTIC are reported today to be ready to hand manager Gordon Strachan an improved rolling contract, a reward for successive SPL titles and reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.

When he replaced Martin O'Neill in 2005, Strachan followed the Irishman's example and accepted a rolling deal, which meant it always had 12 months to run.

If either he wanted to quit or the club wanted to sack him, a full year's compensation would automatically kick in.

Given the success - and money - Strachan and his team have brought to the club during his two years in charge, enhanced terms are considered appropriate at this point.

lWest Brom have signed Luton defender Leon Barnett for £2.5m.

lArgentina Under-20 World Cup winner Angel Di Maria is in talks with Arsenal.

Stories in today's English papers: lMan City to hijack West Ham bid for Kieron Dyer from Newcastle.

lNiall Quinn say chairmen paying inflated prices for average players.

lJose Antonio Reyes must agree £10m move to Lyon or return to Arsenal; Lyon bid £3m for Man Utd's Mikael Silvestre.

lMan United's Paul Scholes (above) back in three weeks after knee surgery.

lAston Villa, Everton, Boro want Man United's Alan Smith.

lBayern Munich clear Roque Santa Cruz to speak to Blackburn.

lBoro revive interest in Spurs striker Mido.

lWigan £1.5m bid for Bolton's Abdoulaye Faye.

lPortsmouth to block Sol Campbell move to Villarreal.

lSheffield United £4m bid for Everton's James Beattie.

lDerby offer Patrick Kluivert a trial.

lBolton want £13m for Nicolas Anelka.

lBristol City fourth and final bid of £1.2m for Swansea's Lee Trundle.

lDerby boss Billy Davies faces FA touchline ban for start of season.

lSheffield United chief Kevin McCabe £5m bid to buy Hungarian club Ferencvaros.