By Emma Sanders

Manchester United are preparing a January bid for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, according to a report.

According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League giants could attempt to lure Dembele to Old Trafford in the next transfer window after increasing their interest.

The Daily Record reported the 20-year-old was being scouted by United in October during Celtic’s 4-0 victory against Ross County, in which Dembele scored.

The Mail now report that Dembele was watched once again during France Under-21s victory against England on Monday night as he scored two goals in another impressive display.

The youngster has been compared to Didier Drogba and it’s for this reason it’s believed Jose Mourinho has displayed an interest in him.

Celtic are unlikely to sell the striker, although he could command a big transfer fee.

Dembele has already scored 16 goals in his opening 24 games with Celtic, including a hat-trick against Rangers in the first Old Firm derby in September.

He also scored back-to-back braces against Kilmarnock and Manchester City and has scored three goals in his last five appearances for the Hoops.

The youngster’s form has helped Celtic soar to the top of the Scottish Premiership, where they currently sit 10 points ahead of Aberdeen in second.

Football Insider verdict:

Dembele has proven his goal-scoring ability and it’s no surprise he is being tapped up by some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. However, United’s need for a striker is not dire given they’ve got Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Should Memphis Depay leave in January, United could use the funds for Dembele but Celtic won’t sell cheap so Mourinho may hold off. Celtic will hope the striker stays put and United’s interest is only short-lived because it would be hard for the youngster to turn down a potential Premier League glamour-move.

In other Celtic news, Danny Murphy claims this player will never sign for the club because Brendan Rodgers is in charge.