Celtic are thought to be leading Manchester City in the race for Ecuadorian midfielder Jose Cifuentes, according to The Scotsman.
The report states that the Hoops are in pole position to seal a deal for the player due to current work permit rules, with the midfielder himself keen on a move to Scotland.
Premier League champions City are struggling to obtain a work permit for the 20-year-old as he has not yet received a senior international cap.
That is leaving the door open for Neil Lennon’s side, with work permit rules more relaxed in Scotland.
The youngster recently represented his country at the Under 20 World Cup over the summer, helping them to a surprise third-place finish with some consistent midfield displays.
A deal for Cifuentes could prove to be a smart piece of business by Lennon, who is keen on bolstering his squad even further after spending £10 million on three summer signings already.
Four more potential arrivals at Celtic Park this summer
Sheffield United right-back Baldock has been strongly linked with a move to Scotland to fill the void left by Mikael Lustig.
The Hoops are thought to be keen on Middlesbrough striker Assombalonga. However, the Scottish champions will have to battle numerous English sides for the forward, who could cost Celtic a club-record fee.
Hatem Abd Elhamed
Israel international Abd Elhamed is another who has been tipped to make the move to Scotland. The versatile defender was recently left out of Hapoel Be’er Sheva squad for their Europa League qualifier, increasing speculation over a Celtic Park move.
Another versatile defender, Jenkinson is attracting interest from Lennon, with the Gunners keen on selling the Englishman permanently this summer.
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