By Russell Edge

12th Mar, 2018 | 8:57pm

Report: Celtic hunt swoop for defensive prospect eyed by PL sides with bargain price tag

Celtic are among a trio of sides on the hunt to sign Yeovil Town’s defensive prospect Tom James this summer after impressing in League Two, according to a report.

The Independent claim on their website that the Hoops are joined by Premier League sides Bournemouth and Swansea City in chasing the 21-year-old right back, who is versatile enough to play on the left flank or even at the heart of the back line.

He has been a mainstay in Yeovil’s side this season, making 40 appearances and chipping in with one goal and two assists across all competitions, and will reportedly cost an initial bargain fee of just £500,000 as a result of his lack of time with the League Two side, having joined from Cardiff City in January 2017.

He put pen to paper over an improved contract this January, but that is set to expire in the summer of 2019.

Football Insider verdict

James must have some serious talent if some Premier League sides are chasing his signature, but Celtic’s interest may cause some concern over the future of Kieran Tierney. The 20-year-old has already established himself as a regular for both club and country and while he is tied down to a long term deal, that will not stop a big money bid from prising him away. Is James, who can play on the left quite comfortably, being eyed as a replacement, or will he be brought in to offer competition? Fans will be hoping it is the latter, and for a modest £500,000 price tag, it could well prove to be a value for money swoop.

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