Mega-rich CL club make move to sign Celtic 23-year-old after defender deal agreed - report
By Harry Sykes
Celtic are braced for a bid from Spartak Moscow for Celtic centre-back Jozo Simunovic after agreeing a deal for Rivaldo Coetzee, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that the mega-rich Champions League club have lodged an enquiry for Simunovic, 23, after tracking him all summer.
It is said that Celtic rate the Croatian defender in the £10million bracket two years after signing him from Dinamo Zagreb.
The interest in the Hoops defender comes as the Scottish Sun report that an £800,000 deal has been agreed for South African Rivaldo Coetzee from Ajax Cape Town subject to a medical and work permit.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Coetzee is in line to become the Hoops’ fourth summer signing after Jonny Hayes, Kundai Benyu and Olivier Ntcham all arrived earlier this summer.
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Simunovic, who was almost sold to Torino last summer, has been dogged by injury during his two years at Parkhead and was sidelined for the Champions League play-off second leg defeat to Astana in Kazakhstan.
Celtic struggled on Tuesday night and have been forced to play youngster Kristoffer Ajer and midfielder Nir Bitton in the centre of defence due to injuries plaguing the regular members of their backline.
Spartak manager Massimo Carrera is anxious to strengthen at the back after a troubled start to the new Premier League season, which sees them in 10th after seven games.
The Scottish Sun report that English Premier side Burnley are also very keen on Simunovic as a replacement for Michael Keane who they sold to Everton for £25m.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t well placed for centre halves with Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko a few weeks from fitness.
In other Celtic news, the odds have been slashed on the Scottish giants signing a West Ham big-money player.