Boruc bound for Fiorentina

Artur Boruc is set to end his colourful spell at Celtic after the club accepted an offer from Fiorentina.

The Italian club announced on their website this evening that the Poland goalkeeper would complete his move to Italy after undergoing a medical.

Boruc had one year left on his contract and Celtic have opted to sell the 30-year-old rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.

The statement on it.violachannel.tv read: "FC Fiorentina announces that it has reached agreement with Glasgow Celtic for the acquisition of Artur Boruc.

“The negotiations will be completed after the results of the medical.”

The deal continued a busy day in the transfer market for Celtic, who this morning confirmed the arrival of Joe Ledley on a four-year contract after seeing a loan deal for Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard fall through.

The imminent departure of Boruc, who just this morning set off on the club’s pre-season tour of North America, leaves compatriot Lukasz Zaluska as Neil Lennon’s first-choice goalkeeper. American Dominic Cervi also departed with the squad from Glasgow Airport.

The controversial Boruc made more than 200 appearances for the club after arriving from Legia Warsaw in 2005.

Boruc enjoyed hero status among the Celtic support and his form sparked interest from the likes of AC Milan.

His eventful spell at Parkhead has also included a breach of the peace caution from Strathclyde Police after making gestures towards Rangers fans in 2006, in just one of several occasions his behaviour infuriated Celtic’s Old Firm rivals.

Ledley has also developed an affinity with Celtic after completing his anticipated move.

The 23-year-old, who made more than 250 appearances for Cardiff, told his new club’s online Channel 67: “I had some great memories at Cardiff, it is a great club but I think the time is right to move on to a bigger club with a great stadium and support.

“I came up to have a look at the stadium and the training facilities and I fell in love with the club straight away.

“It’s a massive club, so I’m happy to sort the contract out and sign for Celtic.

“I’m looking forward to knuckling down to the hard work of pre-season and then the start of the season.

“The fans expect you to win every game so it’s down to us players to do that.”

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell revealed they had seen off competition from several top-flight English clubs, with Stoke making the most sustained attempt to sign the left-sided player.

Lawwell promised to continue delivering quality additions to Neil Lennon’s squad, but Bullard will not be one of them.

The 31-year-old resumed training with Hull today after several trips to Scotland failed to secure the deal he was looking for.

The former Fulham midfielder has two years of his lucrative Hull contract to run and appears content to bide his time at the npower Championship club.

Hull’s head of football operations, Adam Pearson, told BBC Sport: “Obviously Jimmy wants some incentive to go up to Celtic and that’s his prerogative.

“But unfortunately that incentive was too high for Celtic and I quite understand that, the wages are heavy anyway.”

Ledley will take part in Celtic’s North American tour, however Aiden McGeady and Stephen McManus were notable absentees as the squad flew out.

McGeady, the subject of weekend speculation over a possible move to Aston Villa, was withdrawn with a thigh injury while former skipper McManus was left behind in order to complete a permanent transfer to Middlesbrough.

The 27-year-old centre-back is keen to remain at Middlesbrough after being reunited with former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan in January on a loan spell.

Strachan told his club’s official website today: “There’s a good possibility of Stephen coming back but, like every deal, it has to be done properly. We’re getting down the line there.”

Versatile Mexico international Efrain Juarez could be among the summer arrivals, which also include full-backs Charlie Mulgrew and Cha Du-Ri, after reports claimed Celtic were the European team his club Pumas confirmed they were negotiating with.

The 22-year-old, who can play at full-back or in midfield, could join up with Celtic in the United States, while veterans Sol Campbell and George Boateng remain options for Celtic after holding talks with Lennon in recent weeks.

Celtic kick off the competitive aspect of their tour with a game against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday before further friendlies against Manchester United, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Lisbon.

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