Celtic will reportedly make a second bid for Fabricio Bruno prior to the January window after the Hoops’ first bid fell short of Cruzeiro’s valuation.

According to the Daily Record, rumours in South America have suggested that Celtic had a £3million bid for the 23-year-old rejected, with Cruzeiro boss Marcio Rodrigues claiming the offer “didn’t come close” to their asking price.

This proposal came, yes, but it is not consistent with what we want. There was a little enquiry and they made a proposal, but it didn’t come close to what we want. 

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The report goes on to claim that Celtic will return with another bid before the January window, with the Hoops ready to table a loan offer including an option to buy.

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Bruno certainly appears to be a talented player, with scouts having been impressed by him after Nick Hammond deployed officials to track the 23-year-old’s progress.

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And a loan move with an option to buy appears to be a sensible one. 

Not only would he strengthen the Hoops’ defensive options, it also gives Neil Lennon the opportunity to have a good look at him before deciding whether to sign him permanently or not.