Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose has reportedly asked Celtic to release him from his contract so that he can move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce  next season.

The South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner, who has 12 months left on his contract at the Parkhead, is believed to  be one of the players to be shown the exit door at Celtic by the Scottish Premiership  champions’   new manager  Brendan Rodgers.

The former Liverpool boss  has been told that he will have £15m  to spend on new players to enable the side to   qualify for  the Champions League group stages.

And Rodgers is expected to raid  his old Premier League club  for  defenders, with  Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and  Kolo Toure, who set to depart Anfield, reportedly on his shortlist.

In fact, 31-year-old Slovakia’s  Skrtel is believed to have informed  Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of his plans to move on.

According to  LIGABlat on Monday,  Ambrose, who guided Celtic to a fifth successive league title this month,  is interested in joining Fenerbahce in the summer.

The  27-year-old versatile  Super Eagles player, who joined Celtic from Israeli Premier League club Ashdod in 2012, has reportedly asked the Scottish powerhouse to allow him move on. The Istanbul giants are said to have submitted a bid for Ambrose.

However,  the deal is complicated by  Cletic’s insistence on €3m for the player, with  the Yellow Canaries not ready to pay more than €2m for Ambrose.

LIGABlat claims the defender, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has appealed to his club to accept €2m from Fenerbahce, who will be playing in the Champions League next season.

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