By Will Butcher
Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton have made an offer for Celtic target Shane Duffy, according to a report.
The Seasiders have made a £3.5million bid for the Irish international, who starred in Ireland’s 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2016, before being sent off against France in the Round of 16.
The Daily Mirror (27 July, 17.28pm) claim that Brighton have moved into pole position after tabling a bid for Blackburn Rovers’ 24-year-old.
The Seagulls face strong competition from Celtic and others, with Premier League sides Middlesbrough and Swansea both being credited with an interest.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton seems to have failed with a previous bid to sign the former Everton centre-back, believed to be worth £2million, according to The Sun’s Sunday edition (page 63).
Scottish Champions Celtic have been linked with a move for the Ireland international, according to the Daily Record, with manager Brendan Rodgers keen on signing a centre-back despite already bringing in former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure.
Duffy, who quit Everton for Rovers two years ago, starred for the Lancashire club in the recently completed season, making 42 appearances across all competitions.
Rodgers is facing a centre-back crisis, with Dedryck Boyata struggling for fitness and likely to miss out on the start of the campaign too. Out-of-contract Charlie Mulgrew, who can also cover the centre-back position, is still mulling over a two-year extension.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rodgers is keen on adding this Scottish Premiership star to his side as he looks to shore up the Hoops defence.