Celtic are reportedly set to lock horns with Leicester City over a possible deal to sign Omar Elabdellaoui from Olympiakos this summer.
The Hoops had been linked with a swoop to sign the right-back during the January transfer window and appear to be set to reignite their interest in the player at the end of the season.
However, if they are to pursue a deal for Elabdellaoui, it seems they will need to fend off competition from elsewhere.
Brendan Rodgers, who was believed to have eyed the Norway international during his final transfer window at Celtic Park, is keen on signing the former Hull City loanee for Leicester, according to Greek news outlet SDNA, who cite the Hoops with interest once again.
Interim boss Neil Lennon has favoured Mikael Lustig on the right-hand side of his defence lately, but the Swedish full-back’s future with the Scottish champions is under scrutiny.
SDNA reports that Olympiakos would be willing to sell Elabdellaoui for just €5 million this summer.
Why Elabdellaoui would be a good signing for Celtic
Elabdellaoui has plenty of experience in European competitions, particularly from his time at Olympiakos. This could come in handy as Celtic pursue a greater deal of success in their continental exploits.
Elabdellaoui is a tactically flexible player. He can operate as a wing-back in a more advanced role or, alternatively, as an orthodox right-back.
At just €5m, signing Elabdellaoui would present little to no risk for Celtic. They’d be getting an accomplished player for a modest fee.
Elabdellaoui is 27-years-old and has, in recent seasons, been playing the best football of his career to date. Celtic should take advantage of his consistent form.
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