By Wayne Veysey

16th Mar, 2018 | 7:58am

Exclusive: Celtic to launch bid to sign EFL defender out of contract in the summer

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Celtic are eyeing a move for Barnsley right-back Andy Yiadom on a free transfer, Football Insider sources understand.

Yiadom, 26, is out of contract at Barnsley this summer and is unlikely to sign a new deal after turning down the offer of a new contract at Oakwell.

A number of clubs have been chasing Yiadom for several months with Swansea seeing a deal on deadline day last summer falling through because paperwork was not completed in time.

Yiadom is sure to have no shortage of offers as a free agent this summer and now Celtic are ready to join the hunt for the attacking full-back.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Celtic scouts watched Yiadom in action in Tuesday’s Championship clash with Norwich in which he created Barnsley’s goal in the 1-1 draw.

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They are now to launch a bid to sign the highly-rated defender.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has made a new right-back one of his top priorities this summer as he looks to strengthen his backline.

Current right-back Mikael Lustig has struggled for form this season and with just over a year to run on his deal Rodgers is looking for a long-term replacement and Yiadom has emerged on his radar.

In other Celtic news, Peter Lawwell is one step ahead again as the Scottish champions open talks to agree deal with giant and get him signed.

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