Celtic are closing on agreeing to a deal with Elfsborg for centre-back Gustaf Lagerbielke, with talks now advanced, according to the Scottish Express.
Lagerbielke has played 15 league games for Elfsborg this season and has significantly contributed to his side tightening their grip on top spot in the league table.
His robust on-field performances have intrigued the Bhoys, who are set to sell their star defender Carl Starfelt to Celta Vigo.
The Bhoys are keen on replacing Starfelt with Lagerbielke in their backline and have already tabled a bid for the Swedish centre-back.
It has been suggested in some quarters that Elfsborg are considering the bid worth £2.9m for Lagerbielke.
And now it is claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side are close to being agreed with a potential deal for their defensive target and they are now in advanced talks with the Swedish outfit.
The Bhoys are eyeing marking an impact on the Champions League this season after a lacklustre defensive record in the elite continental competition last term.
And they are hoping that Lagerbielke’s inclusion in their squad will give them a defensive filip moving forward.
Now it remains to be seen how well the Swede will fare under Rodgers’ tutelage in the event of him arriving at Parkhead.
Celtic’s potential double swoop, emotional Rangers post, McTominay and Tierney latest
We talk you through some of the main transfer stories across Scottish football this Tuesday morning:
Celtic have targeted Elfsborg central defender Gustaf Lagerbielke as a replacement for the outgoing Carl Starfelt, who is expected to complete a move to Celta Vigo in the coming days. Lagerbielke, 23, has been capped once by Sweden and is a 6ft 3in defender who has impressed in the Allsvenskan this season. Reports in the Swedish media claim that Celtic have made a £3million bid for Lagerbielke and that Elfsborg are set to accept the offer.
Manchester City starlet James McAtee could be on the move from the Etihad, with Celtic credited with an interest. The 20-year-old playmaker helped Sheffield United win promotion to English Premier League last season but with game-time set to be limited at City, there are doubts about his long-term future. The Blades, Real Sociedad, Brighton, Wolves and Southampton are set to join Celtic in a battle for his signature should be become available, reports The Daily Mail.
Yet another club has entered the battle to sign Scotland defender Kieran Tierney. Linked with Newcastle and his former club Celtic due to being out of the first-team picture, reports from Spain suggest that Real Sociedad have tabled a loan offer for Tierney. The 26-year-old defender’s future is unlikely, however, to be clarified until the end of the month.
Manchester United have rejected a £30million bid from West Ham United for their Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay. The 26-year-old is not a regular starter at Old Trafford, but manager Erik ten Hag is in no rush to sell McTominay. The Hammers are looking to replenish their midfielder following the £105m sale of Declan Rice to Arsenal and while they are progressing on a deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez, they will need to up their offer for McTominay to have any chance of landing him.
Rangers forward Fashion Sakala has posted an emotional farewell to the Ibrox club’s fans after agreeing a move to the Saudi Arabian Pro League. The Zambian is expected to complete his move to Al-Faysha in a £3m transfer and he wrote: “To my beloved Rangers Football Club, teammates, management and cherished Rangers fans. Today marks the end of an unforgettable chapter in my life. It is with a heavy heart, yet a spirit of gratitude, that I bid farewell to this esteemed club, the supportive management, and my fellow teammates but most importantly, to the passionate and loyal Rangers fans … I will always be a Ranger at heart, and I look forward to seeing the club conquer new heights in the future. It has been an honour and privilege to wear the famous blue jersey and represent this iconic club.”
Ross County manager Malky Mackay says Welsh playmaker Yan Dhanda will not be leaving Dingwall this year. The 24-year-old midfielder impressed last season and also caught the eye in County’s 4-2 defeat by Celtic at the weekend. There are clubs weighing up a bid for Dhanda but Mackay stated: “I don’t care if there’s interest. It won’t be this window, trust me. It won’t be this year – he’s not leaving the club. But whoever gets him next will be getting a terrific player.”