Celtic open talks with title contenders over last-gasp effort to land defender - report
By Abigail Withey
Celtic have approached Manchester City with a view to signing defender Jason Denayer on a second loan spell with the transfer deadline looming, according to a report.
STV has revealed that Brendan Rodgers’ side are keen on securing the centre-back’s signature before Thursday’s transfer cut-off after a deal for South Africa international Rivaldo Coetzee fell through last week.
The Scottish media outlet claims that last season’s Invincibles have opened talks with the Premier League title contenders with the hope of recruiting the Belgian on a year-long loan.
It is understood that the Hoops could face competition from a host of clubs as the report states that there are four other teams who want to sign Denayer.
The Man City enforcer previously joined the Glaswegian side during the 2014/15 season on a year-long stint where he made 44 appearances in all competitions, scored six goals and supplied two assists.
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The club have recently signed fellow Man City attacker Patrick Roberts on a second loan spell after impressing during his 18 months at Paradise, and Denayer could be the second to join from the Etihad on a temporary basis.
Football Insider verdict
Denayer has been on a number of loan spells over the years and is still yet to made his senior debut for Manchester City despite moving up to the team back in 2014 from the academy. With it looking increasingly unlikely that the defender will make it into Pep Guardiola’s squad, a loan move back to Celtic would be a fantastic move for both parties. The Hoops are actively seeking a centre-back after missing out on Coetzee, and the 22-year-old would provide the perfect solution for the club as they hope to retain their titles this season. Denayer became a popular and well-liked member of the squad during his earlier spell at Parkhead and Rodgers would not be disappointed if he rejoined.
In other Celtic transfer news, a BBC commentator has claimed the club will be in Europe post-Christmas if they sign this player by Thursday night.