By Wayne Veysey

11th Aug, 2016 | 11:25am

Celtic braced for £6m defender move - report

By Tom Blackburn

Serie A side Torino are interested in signing Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Croatian defender has been lined up as a replacement for Nikola Maksimovic, who is on the verge of a £20million transfer to Napoli.

Maksimovic will either partner or replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who, according to the London Evening Standard, has been the subject of a £42million Chelsea bid.

Centre-back Simunovic joined the Scottish champions from Dinamo Zagreb last summer for £6million, but he hasn’t played since January due to a serious knee injury.

The 22-year-old played 18 times in the first half of the 2015-16 season for Celtic and earned high praise as the club began their bid for a fifth consecutive title.

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Having won the Scottish Premiership last season, they are now bidding for their six straight title but face stiff competition with Rangers returning to the top flight.

Celtic have made a number of signings this summer including Moussa Dembele and Kolo Toure, then most recently Scott Sinclair.

Sinclair arrived from Aston Villa on Sunday morning on a four-year deal, and scored the winner in Celtics league opener against Hearts on the same day.

Rodgers had been desperate to set up a third reunion with the former England under-21 international after working with him at Chelsea and Swansea.

In other Celtic news, a defender has completed his move the Hoops settled terms.