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Celts told: You must cough up for Jorge.

Shell-shocked Celtic were last night desperately trying to save the Jorge Cadete transfer deal.

But there seems NO chance of the Portuguese striker making his debut against Hearts on Saturday.

The Sporting Lisbon star trained with Celtic yesterday and is praying that the wrangle can be sorted out.

But last night Celts had battened down the hatches and refused to make any comment on the situation - despite the Portuguese FA telling the Record that Burns would have to fork out a transfer fee for Cadete.

The Parkhead side expected to snap up Cadete on a free.

But the Portuguese FA dropped a bombshell when they revealed that the striker is under contract with Sporting Lisbon until July 1997.

And although Sporting would let him go, they want cash from Celtic.

Portuguese FA general secretary Antonio Segueira said: "Celtic will have to pay compensation to Lisbon for the player.

"But I have no reason to believe that the deal will not go through.

"Sporting do not want to hold on to Cadete - but they want compensation.

"Celtic want to sign the player, so the clubs will have to agree a fee.

"Sporting are right and Cadete is wrong about the fee, but this is something that can be overcome."

UEFA and FIFA have become involved in the wrangle, but they could take days to sort it out, leaving Cadete in limbo.

SFA spokesman David Findlay said: "The matter is in the hands of the Portuguese FA and FIFA. The player can't play for Celtic until clearance has been received."

The Celtic players were impressed by Cadete's performance at training.

Skipper Paul McStay said: "He looked sharp considering he hasn't played a game for about three months."

McStay points to Burns' previous signings as proof that Cadete will be a big hit at Parkhead.

He said: "Big Morten Wieghorst came in recently and has done well as did Pierre van Hooijdonk and Andreas Thom before that.

"The early signs are that Jorge would also be a great signing. I hope it all works out for him."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:McCARTHY, DAVID; Campbell, Iain
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 1, 1996
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