Genoa are confident of beating Celtic in the race to sign Polish centre-forward Patryk Klimala after opening talks over a January deal, Football Insider can reveal.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a strong target for the Scottish champions as they look to reinforce their attack in the current transfer window.

A source with knowledge of Klimala’s situation has told Football Insider that Genoa have leapfrogged Celtic in the battle for the signature of Klimala.

They are negotiating a permanent transfer with Klimala’s club Jagiellonia Bialystok and are now in pole position to secure a deal.

The Poland under-21 international is available for a move this month but has made it clear he wants to join a club where he can be the first choice spearhead.

That status would most likely be denied him a Celtic, where Odsonne Edouard is the undisputed number one striker.

Celtic have explored signing Klimala this month as they look to replicate their great success in recent years in recruiting top young European strikers.

Edouard, who initially proved himself on season-long loan before becoming the Hoops’ record signing at £9m, and Moussa Dembele have both prospered in Glasgow.

Klimala would come far cheaper but has demonstrated his pedigree with seven league goals in 17 appearances for Jagiellonia Bialystok this season.

Lennon revealed from Celtic’s mid-season training camp in Dubai yesterday that he is hopeful of up to two new signings in the coming days.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a forward has agreed to join the club after finalising the terms of a three-year contract.