By Danny Wright

13th Dec, 2017 | 2:53pm

Celtic ready for January transfer scrap over enforcer as PL club makes fresh check - report

Celtic are gearing up for a transfer scrap over Reading defender Liam Moore in January, according to a report.

The Mirror claims that Premier League side West Ham have made a “fresh check” on Moore, 24, after their scouts watched him in Monday night’s draw against Cardiff.

It is understood that Celtic are now facing a fight for Reading enforcer Moore, who is thought to be one of two defenders that David Moyes would like to recruit at the London Stadium next month.

Brendan Rodgers has already made it clear that he would like to strengthen his centre-back options when the transfer window re-opens next month.

Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko have all spent times on the sidelines this term, leaving Rodgers to play the likes of Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig, Nir Bitton and Kristoffer Ajer out of position to plug the gaps at centre-back.

Moore has made 23 appearances across all competitions for Jaap Stam’s Reading this season, scoring three goals in the process.

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Football Insider Verdict

Moore would be a decent signing for Celtic. He isn’t miles better than what Rodgers already has in his squad, but he is a very capable performer who could come in handy when the Bhoys need to rotate their squad around. Thursday night Europa League clashes aren’t ideal, meaning that the Sunday league game to follow should see Rodgers name a much-changed squad. To afford that luxury, he needs that strength in depth. The problem is that Moore is a key first-team player at Reading and may cost a fair bit of money. If West Ham’s interest is serious that is also a big blow to the Hoops as Moore wouldn’t have to move very far and would have the chance of Premier League football.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has delivered his verdict on Moussa Dembele’s future after the forward dropped a huge hint.

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