Barry Fry last night warned Celtic strike target Ivan Toney is close to slipping from their grasp.
Peterborough’s Director of Football was primed to expect a fresh bid from the SPFL champions after Sunday’s Premiership win over Hamilton.
After turning down an opening offer of £4million from Celtic nearly two weeks ago, however, Fry now expects the 24-year-old to put pen to paper with Brentford.
A heartbreak Championship play-off defeat for the Bees could still offer Celtic hope.
But Fry told Sportsmail: ‘They are running out of time now.
‘The lad is very close to signing for someone else in the next couple of days.
‘Celtic would have been his preferred choice, but they are nowhere near it.
‘I heard from Ivan’s agent to say Celtic were coming back. That was Sunday evening after their first game.
‘They had heard Celtic would be coming back, but I haven’t heard anything.’
Neil Lennon is also keen on a loan deal for Swiss striker Albian Ajeti. The West Ham forward is currently on holiday after asking for more time to consider a move to Glasgow.