Celtic have reportedly agreed to pay Hapoel Be’er Sheva €2 million for versatile defender Hatem Abd Elhamed.
According to Israeli outlet SportsWalla, cited by the Daily Record, the Hoops will pay an initial €2 million fee for the 28-year-old and a further €300,000 if Neil Lennon’s side reach the Champions League group stages.
The Israel international will now travel to Scotland to finalise a deal, which could see him become the club’s fourth summer signing.
Abd Elhamed, who has plied his trade in Europe throughout his career with the likes of Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Ashdod, Dinamo Bucharest and Gent, has caught the eye over the past 12 months with some impressive individual performances.
The experienced defender, who can play at both right-back and centre-back, recently earned a first senior Israel cap, coming on against Poland in a Euro qualifier.
Abd Elhamed’s versatility is thought to be a key factor in Lennon’s interest, with the Northern Irishman looking to add to both areas ahead of the new season.
And it looks as if he may well get his man following the latest reports, with a deal potentially being finalised in the coming days.