GORDON STRACHAN last night told Craig Bellamy to forget about moving back to the Premiership and focus on fulfilling all of his ambitions with Celtic.

The Newcastle United striker has gone on holiday - after his loan deal north of the border expired - and when he returns is expected to tell the new Celtic boss his plans for the future.

Bellamy is unwanted back at St James' Park after his much-publicised spat with Graeme Souness but the Welshman would still like to return to the English top-flight - ideally with a Champions League club.

But the reality is that the 25-year-old is not wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool and even Everton seem to have overlooked him by agreeing a fee for Mikael Forssell.

Both Aston Villa and Blackburn remain his likeliest Premiership options and both seem willing to stump up the £6m asking price - but Bellamy is reluctant to play for clubs hoping for a UEFA Cup place at best.

And Strachan, having been officially unveiled as the successor to Martin O'Neill at Celtic Park yesterday morning, insists the Newcastle firebrand should look no further than staying in Glasgow and pulling on the green and white hoops.

The former Southampton boss held talks with Bellamy on Monday night and was pleased with what he heard from the player.

"I had a private conversation with him and I was very encouraged by the chat I had with Craig Bellamy, it was very positive," said Strachan, who had Bellamy under his wing at Coventry.

"He is going on holiday but we will stay in touch. You can't try to read Bellamy's mind, he's not like that.

"What I do know is that Craig was great to work with at Coventry. What he has at Celtic is that he is adored here, he has European football ahead of him and is playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He is someone who likes to play in the big games and he likes it here."

Celtic had to pay Newcastle £1m for Bellamy to go on loan in January but they would have to hand a further £5m if a permanent deal was to go through.

Another Newcastle star on his way out this summer is Laurent Robert and he has held preliminary talks with Toulouse about a move to France.

But the Frenchman has never hidden his desire to stay in the Premiership and perform, albeit away from Tyneside or not.

However, Toulouse are pleased with the way negotiations with the player have gone and are just waiting to hear whether or not Robert will agree.

Only then will a fee be discussed; with Newcastle understood to want to recoup at least £5m of the £10m fee paid for his services in August 2001.

Souness, meanwhile, has been linked with a surprise move for Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten.

Van Buyten was a former target of ex-Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson but a deal could not be brokered and in the end he joined Manchester City on loan.

The 6ft 4in centre-back has since joined German outfit Hamburg and now Souness is thought to be ready to offer £5m for his services.

* Bolton chairman Phil Gartside insists Stelios Giannakopoulos ''is not for sale'' after Liverpool were linked with the Greece international midfielder.

Reports have suggested Reds boss Rafael Benitez, who steered the club to Champions League glory last week, is planning a summer move for Giannakopoulos.

But Gartside said: ''We are not prepared to let him go. He has one year left on his contract and is a vital member of our first-team squad.

''He's not for sale.''

* Ambitious Hamburg have confirmed they want to pair Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann with new signing Rafael van der Vaart in a midfield partnership next season.

However, the Bundesliga side fear losing out on Hamann after admitting their offer to the 31-year-old would probably be bettered by a Barclays Premiership club.

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