By Abigail Withey 

Italian top-flight clubs SS Lazio and Fiorentina are still in the frame for Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko in a last-minute attempt before the window closes, according to a recent report.

Danish news outlet BT has revealed that the Serie A rivals are still in contention to seal the 25-year-old’s signature despite FC Copenhagen having an offer rejected.

The sports news website claims that Celtic are preparing to agree a loan deal with either of the clubs which will contain an option to buy at the end of his spell.

It is understood that Sviatchenko’s knee injury could potentially cause an issue in securing a deal with one of the clubs as he remains out until towards the end of September.

The Denmark international picked up a knee problem earlier in the summer against Rosenberg during the Champions League qualifiers, which has led to the defender being sidelined for the Bhoys’ opening games of the season.

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The report states that English club Leicester City and Fenerbahce also had the star on their radar but withdrew their interest because of his injury.

Football Insider verdict

Celtic seem to have attracted a lot of interest over the potential sale of their Danish centre-back. Brendan Rodgers seems to be actively searching for a new centre-half, which suggests that Sviatchenko is not longer in his plans for the upcoming season. If that’s the case then the Hoops boss would be best to offload the defender in order to recoup some of his summer transfer spending or to fund the last minute signing of a new defender to replace the 25-year-old before deadline day comes around. As the Serie A rivals battle it out, Rodgers might be able to stick to his high valuation which the Copenhagen boss publicly revealed was completely out of his reach.

In other Celtic transfer news, Alan Stubbs has aired his concern over a recent Hoops transfer development.

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