By Danny Wright
Celtic are set for a transfer battle for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that three Premier League clubs are also vying for the 27-year-old, who moved to the Etihad from Aston Villa for £8million in 2015.
West Brom, Newcastle and Burnley are all looking at making Delph an addition to their squad ahead of the 2017/18 campaign which kicks off in August.
It is understood that Pep Guardiola is set to totally revamp his squad over the summer and that Delph is expected to be a part of the cull after making just four starts in all competitions this season.
The ex-Leeds player moved to the Etihad in controversial circumstances two years ago when he quit Aston Villa just days after promising fans that he was set to stay at Villa Park.
West Brom are eager to give Delph the chance to return to the West Midlands though in the wake of captain Darren Fletcher snubbing a new deal in order to head to Stoke.
Newcastle are set to spend big this summer and can be expected to lead a strong pursuit of the England international while Burnley want him to replace Joey Barton, who is facing a long ban for betting offences.
Football Insider Verdict
Delph would certainly fit into the Celtic squad and is definitely the type of player that Brendan Rodgers could try to rescue from obscurity like he did with Scott Sinclair – who has also endured tough times with Aston Villa and Man City. Delph is a decent playmaker but it’s doubtful that he could oust players like Stuart Armstrong of Scott Brown from the Hoops midfield. He might be a good back-up option but surely after two years of waiting in the wings at the Etihad he would be aiming for first-team football. However Champions League football could be a crucial factor in winning his signature.
In other Celtic news, fans have reacted to Paul Scholes’ claim about Brown.