Celtic will not loan out Leigh Griffiths this month but may be open to selling him at the right price amid Leeds United interest, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship giants have turned their attention to the Scotland international, 29, in the latest twist in their bid to sign a new striker, as first revealed by Football Insider.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that contact has been via intermediaries to register their interest in Griffiths as they explore a late-window swoop.
The Scottish champions value Griffiths, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022, at £10-12million.
Celtic once priced the striker at more than £20million but he has endured fitness and off-the-pitch issues over the last two seasons and is no longer a first choice.
Odsonne Edouard is the undisputed number one centre-forward at the club and they added the new signing of Polish forward Patryk Klimala for £3.5million last week.
Griffiths faces a battle to remain high in the pecking order as doubts surface over his long-term future at Parkhead.
He started and scored in last weekend’s 2-1 Scottish Cup win against Partick Thistle but, tellingly, 10 of his 11 league appearances this season have come as a substitute.
The left-footed forward nevertheless has a superb scoring record for not only Celtic but also former clubs Wolves, Dundee, Hibernian and Livingston.
He has netted more than 200 times in club football at senior level, with 108 of those come from 222 games in a Hoops shirt.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are holding talks with a young centre-forward as offer readied.