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Wolves KO a second Celts bid for Leigh; Wolves reject second bid for Leigh; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: CRAIG SWAN

WOLVES last night kicked out a second Celtic bid for Leigh Griffiths - as boss Kenny Jackett warned the PS1.25million-rated striker won't be sold for a knockdown fee.

The Molineux manager spoke out on continuing negotiations between the clubs after the hitman was left on the sidelines for his team's 3-0 win at Oldham.

Griffiths, right, was subject of an initial PS400,000 offer on Monday that was rejected. And Celtic have now failed with an improved bid for the Scotland hitman as the clock ticks down to the close of the transfer window on Friday. The 23-year-old has set his heart on a move to Glasgow and Parkhead manager Neil Lennon has spoken of his desire to work with the ex-Hibs ace.

But Jackett - after revealing the second bid - stressed the Scottish champions have to pay the going rate to land him. He said: "There was more dialogue on Tuesday but it was above me.

"I was concentrating on the game but I do know they came back in with perhaps another bid.

"The chairman and chief executive handle that side of it and it will be a valuation for someone who is 23, a goalscorer and a full international."

When pressed on whether Griffiths will still be a Wolves player by the weekend, Jackett said: "I don't know as Celtic are very interested and their manager is giving him high praise.

"Leigh has stated publicly he has children in Scotland and that is a big factor."

Meanwhile, Celtic's move for defender Rhys Williams looks to be on ice after the Middlesbrough defender suffered a serious injury last night.

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Date:Jan 29, 2014
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