By Alex Stevens

Dundee United have made contact with Celtic about a January loan deal for striker Nadir Ciftci, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that United manager Ray McKinnon has placed the 24-year-old Turk at the top of his shortlist to strengthen his front line.

The Scottish Championship side are in the market for a proven front man and have already made a move to sign Ciftci in the January transfer window.

The report claims that United have already made an approach to Celtic to express an interest in signing the target man on loan next month.

It is said that manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to strike a deal and free up some space on the Parkhead wage bill.

Ciftci has made little impact at the Scottish champions since his transfer from United in the summer of 2015.

He has made just 24 appearances for the club, which have yielded four goals and one assist, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Eskisehirspor, where he scored four goals in 12 matches.

By contrast, the former Turkey Under-19 international was far more prolific at Tannadice, where he scored 33 goals and supplied 20 assists in 82 matches during his two-year spell.

Ciftci has barely had a look in under Rodgers this season and has played just 31 minutes of first team football, which came in July during Champions League qualification.

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