By Will Butcher
Celtic are ready to offer more than £30,000 a week to sign Fenerbahce left-back Hasan Ali Kaldirim, according to a report.
Turkish news website Ahaber reported in August last year that the 18-time Turkey international had elected to stay in Turkey, but the Bhoys are keen test Kaldirim’s resolve again.
Now, Fotomac claim the Hoops are interested in reigniting their summer interest by offering Kaldirim £1.6million a year to sign with the 47-time Scottish champions.
With Kieran Tierney currently out injured, manager Brendan Rodgers could look to secure a cut-price deal for the left-back with only six months remaining on his current contract.
The full-back was a £4million signing from Turkish rivals Kayserispor in 2012 and despite being born in Germany he is a fully-fledged Turkey international.
Making 24 appearances for the Turkish giants this season, Kaldirim featured twice against Premier League giants Manchester United and even supplied an assist in his side’s 2-1 win at home.
With Rodgers looking to add players that have experience in European football, Kaldirim ticks all the boxes as the former Liverpool boss looks to reignite his summer interest.
Football Insider verdict:
Bringing in Kaldirim would improve Celtic in multiple ways. Providing a lethal delivery from set pieces, Fener’s left footer could be signed in a bargain deal that would make only a little dent in Rodgers’ limited transfer funds due to his current contract situation. Currently in fourth position in the Turkish Super Lig, Kaldirim may have become disillusioned with his current side as they sit five points off the pace of league leaders Istanbul BB. The signing of Kaldirim would spell the end for Honduras’ international Emilio Izaguirre, who is currently second choice to academy product Tierney, as the number 63 closes in on return from injury.
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