By Will Butcher
Celtic are looking to bring in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Junior Flores on loan in January, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the 20-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, was a target of Brendan Rodgers four years ago when he was manager of Liverpool.
However, then-Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp persuaded the USA Under-20s international to move to Germany when he was 16 instead.
With his future currently in doubt at Dortmund, Flores could be tempted to join Rodgers at Celtic as the Hoops look to bring in a central midfielder to partner captain Scott Brown.
Flores has failed to make a single appearance for Thomas Tuchel’s senior side since his move to Germany, featuring largely for Dortmund’s reserve side that play in the fourth tier of German football.
Known to favour an attacking midfield role, Flores could sit deeper alongside the likes of Brown or even feature out wide.
Flores has not played any competitive football this season though, after recovering from a serious ankle injury that has kept him sidelined for the last 14 games.
After returning to the bench for Dortmund’s last two reserve games, Rodgers could look to sign the youngster as he continues his recovery.
Football Insider verdict:
It is of no surprise to see Rodgers enter the market for a central midfielder, as he continues to chop and change captain Brown’s partner in the middle of the park. Stuart Armstrong, Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor have all tried but recruitment is needed in the middle. Although he has shown plenty of promise, the standard of Flores’ opponents is unclear and it is likely to be a huge step up to Scottish Premiership football. Rodgers must also take into account his recent long-term injury, as it could be that the ankle problem is a recurring one. Reportedly in the market for the likes of James McCarthy, Tom Cleverley and Dale Stephens, Rodgers must consider more solid options that could make an immediate impact before moving for Flores. A last resort.
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