Celtic transfer update as French side to ‘up bid’ for defender plus Burke mystery

Jozo Simunovic is being targeted by French side Lille according to reports.

The Ligue 1 side have money burning a hole in their pockets after selling Nicolas Pepe for £72m to supposedly cash-strapped Arsenal.

They are set to come in with a renewed bid for the Celtic stopper, according to the Record.

The French side reportedly had a £4m bid for the 24-year-old chucked out, but are ready to come back in with an improved offer.

Jozo signed a new deal in September 2017 tying him to the club until 2021.

With two years left on his contract, the club, wary after Boyata ran down his contract, may look to cash in on the player if he doesn’t commit to an extension.

Celtic will be keen to keep the player. The price quoted doesn’t buy you a Scott McKenna in today’s market.

Simunovic has occasionally struggled with injuries and form but stepped up last season and took his chance.

The centre back also provided a jaw-dropping moment when, with 67 minutes on the clock and wearing the number 5 that Billy McNeill wore, scored the only goal against Kilmarnock in the first game since the legendary Lisbon Lion passed away.

He followed that up with a goal at Pittodrie a week later as Celtic clinched the league.

Jozo’s on-loan teammate last season, Oliver Burke, has deleted all of his West Brom photos from his Instagram account, leaving only pictures of Celtic and Scotland up.

The player was at the centre of a row from after leaving Parkhead, with West Brom technical director Luke Dowling claimed Burke was badly treated after Neil Lennon took over.

Celtic dismissed the claims as “ridiculous and completely inaccurate”.

In the latest Tierney news, Arsenal are set to offer a ‘take it or leave it’ ultimatum to Celtic according to reports in England.

If it’s anything like their previous attempts to persuade Celtic to do business, it shouldn’t be difficult to do the latter.

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