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Posted: Friday January 30, 2009 1:41PM; Updated: Friday January 30, 2009 1:41PM

Celtic reportedly priced out of Kljestan move

By Allen Ramsey, Special to SI.com, Goal.com

The move of American midfielder Sacha Kljestan to Scottish giants Celtic seems to have been called off. According to the Evening Times, the Scottish outfit was not willing to pay the $3.5 million price tag for the 23-year-old.

Other consideration such as incentives for games played and a sell-on clause were also part of the deal and could've played a role in Celtic's decision to look elsewhere.

Kljestan spent six days on trial with the Hoops prior to returning to U.S. national-team camp, but apparently did not impress enough to warrant such a large investment.

However, Celtic was not the only team showing interest in Kljestan. A move to Europe could still happen for the American, who opened his account with the U.S. with a stylish hat trick against Sweden.

Clubs in Holland and Germany are both reportedly interested in bringing in the playmaking midfielder, but with the transfer window coming to a close, the Chivas USA start might have to wait until the summer to realize his European dreams.

Kljestan is back in training with the national team in Carson, Calif., preparing for the Feb. 11 showdown with CONCACAF rival Mexico.

 
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