Celtic have been named as a contender for the signature of highly-rated Yeovil Town right-back Tom James but face stiff competition from the Premier League.

According to the Independent, Swansea lead both Celtic and Bournemouth in the race to sign James from the League Two outfit.

James came through the ranks at Cardiff but completed a free transfer move to Yeovil in January 2017 and has impressed for the fourth-tier outfit.

The 21-year-old is a former Wales U19 international and has been tracked throughout the season by Celtic scouts, with the Bhoys weighing up a bid for the fullback.

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Contracted to Yeovil until 2020, James is believed to cost clubs less than £500,000 up front given he has only made just 44 career appearances at senior level for both Cardiff and Yeovil, making his debut in the Premier League for Cardiff in a home defeat to Chelsea back in May 2014.

Brendan Rodgers already has one talented young right-back on his books in Anthony Ralston, but James would be another strong young prospect to add to his youthful squad.

Able to play across the back four, James could be a replacement for Cristian Gamboa. The Costa Rican is only under contract until the end of next season and was linked with a January exit having made just three Celtic appearances this season, with Rodgers himself confirming the club are looking at right-backs.