CELTIC look set to move for former European foe Viktor Fischer.
The Danish striker looks to be on his way out of relegated Middlesbrough – just one year after his £3.8million move from Ajax.
Fischer scored against the Hoops in the 2-2 Europa League draw in September 2015 and was in the team that beat Ronny Deila’s outfit 2-1 in Glasgow two months later.
The 22-year-old only made six starts in the Premier League as Boro lost their top-flight status.
Fischer has been warned by Danish boss Age Hareide he must make more first team appearances or lose his place in the international squad.
Brendan Rodgers was reported to be interested in the skilful forward during his time as Liverpool gaffer and has been alerted to the fact the Riverside club will accept a cut in their original transfer fee to the Dutch giants.
Meanwhile Aberdeen’s Jonny Hayes looks like being the first arrival of the summer at Celtic as the two clubs get close to agreeing a fee of around £1.2million for the Irish winger.
Ryan Christie, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Pittodrie and won Aberdeen’s Young Player of the Year award, may move in the opposite direction of the player can reach an agreement with Celtic on his current contract that will be more lucrative than the wages that Aberdeen can afford.
Gary Mackay-Steven is unlikely to be part of this deal as the player is more interested in a move to Sheffield United who are keen on taking the former Dundee United man on a season long loan. Celtic would prefer a permanent transfer deal, rather than a loan.
Meanwhile Celtic stand to receive a huge windfall as Southampton have slapped a £70million price tag on their captain Virgil Van Dijk.
Liverpool are believed to be front runners but negotiations with the player’s agents has hit a snag this week opening the door to Manchester City or Chelsea. A three way bidding war could push the transfer price towards the sum now being demanded by Southampton and that can only be good news for Brendan Rodgers.