By Alex Stevens

Celtic rejected a £4.3million bid from Spanish club Espanyol for midfield outcast Nir Bitton, according to the player’s agent.

Duda Dahan has claimed on Israeli television that the 25-year-old was the subject of strong interest from the La Liga outfit last summer.

As quoted by the personal Twitter account of Israel-based BBC sports journalist Raphael Gellar, Dahan said Espanyol tabled a £4.3million offer for Bitton.

The agent also stated that Fulham were keeping close tabs on the central midfielder but it was decided that a transfer to the English Championship side “wouldn’t be the best move”.

Bitton joined Celtic from Israeli club FC Ashdod in the summer of 2013 and has been a mainstay of the team for most of the last three-and-a-half years.

In total, the 19-times Israel international has played 138 matches for Celtic, which have yielded 12 goals and 11 assists.

Bitton has been a fringe member of the side this season, with 12 of his 29 appearances coming as a substitute and 17 as a member of the starting XI.

In other Celtic transfer news, talks have begun on a deal to sign a £12,000-a-week ace after two reported bids tabled.

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