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31st Aug, 2017 | 12:07pm

Celtic in late race for highly-rated defender after seven-figure offer rejected - report

By Abigail Withey 

Celtic have entered the race to sign Bristol City defender Aden Flint in the final hours of the transfer window, according to a recent report.

The Football Daily has revealed that there are a number of clubs battling it out to secure the 28-year-old’s signature, but the Scottish treble winners are the latest side to show their hand.

The media outlet claims that Bristol City have already received a £3.5 million bid from Birmingham City, which was rejected.

It is said that the Championship club don’t feel under any pressure to accept an offer or sell the centre-back as the south-west outfit are financially strong.

The Englishman joined Bristol from Swindon Town back in 2013 for a fee of £315,000, but his worth appears to have dramatically increased now.

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Since joining the club Flint has made a staggering 202 appearances across all competitions, scoring 29 goals and providing nine assists.

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Brendan Rodgers has been actively seeking a new centre-back to join his squad over the past few months as current defenders Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata are both struck with injury. The club looked to have a new backline man in the bag last week in the form of Rivaldo Coetzee, but after problems with his medical the deal fell through. Flint would be a great addition, as he has the experience which Rodgers will be looking for and the skill needed to excel. The Bristol defender has probably been one of the highest rated defenders in the Championship over previous seasons, and Celtic will need to fork out around £5 million to catch the star.

In other Celtic transfer news, a Premier League midfielder is jetting out for a medical after the Hoops opened talks.

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