Transfer plans at Celtic appear to be accelerating with the news that the Bhoys have opened talks with Hajduk Split over the transfer of Mario Vušković.

Reporter Robert Grieve of The Scottish Sun has declared Celtic’s concrete interest as shared on Twitter by Celtic fan page Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old has reportedly become one of Croatia’s ‘most sought-after youngsters’ following a string of impressive performances in the Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga, Croatia’s first division.

Parkhead talent-spotters have done their due diligence on the teenage defender, with reports from the Daily Record confirming the youngster has been scouted extensively.

However, Serie A side Torino are said to have been heavily challenging the Hoops for the young Croatian’s signature and were expected to wrap up a £5 million deal.

Celtic now look to be firmly in the driving seat as talks with Split continue to progress.

Vušković is an experienced Croatia youth international and could be the first major signing under the tenure of new boss Ange Postecoglou.

The club have signed Liam Shaw from Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, though confirmation of an agreement came some six months ago.

Any future signing will likely come with direct input from new manager Postecoglou, who arrived at Lennoxtown for the first time on Wednesday following a period of isolation.

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Investing in youth is rarely a bad thing, so to attract a promising teenager muscling into a competitive youth side is no mean feat.

Vušković could serve as an ideal young replacement for Kristoffer Ajer, who looks increasingly likely to be leaving Paradise before the expiration of his contract next summer.