CELTIC star Olivier Ntcham is "edging closer" to a move to Greek side AEK Athens, according to reports.

The French midfielder, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester City, signed for the Parkhead club for £4.5million in 2017 following a loan stint in Italy with Genoa.

The 25-year-old has since slipped down the pecking order in Glasgow's east end, though, and was shipped out on loan to Marseille in his homeland for the second half of last season. The Ligue 1 side turned down an option to sign the midfielder permanently once his loan deal expired.

Ntcham has one year left to run on his current contract but the Hoops have the option of triggering a one-year extension. However, according to the Daily Record, any move to the Greek capital would hinge on Celtic refusing that option.

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As one of the biggest earners on the wage bill at Parkhead, the Premiership runners-up are believed to be keen to move Ntcham on this summer - with AEK Athens hopeful that a deal can be thrashed out where Celtic turn down the extension and allow the Frenchman to leave for nothing.

And according to the Scottish Sun, Ntcham could "make the move in the coming days after talks moved quickly over the weekend".

The report adds that Ntcham will earn around £1m a season in Greece after personal terms were agreed.