Glasgow Celtic are interested in signing Newcastle United’s Chancel Mbemba during the January transfer window, according to a report made in The Sun.

The newspaper claims Brendan Rodgers’ side will need to compete with the defender’s former club, Anderlecht, as interest appears to be high.

Celtic have suffered injuries at centre-half this season that has resulted in players such as Nir Bitton being forced to play out of position.

Mbemba has struggled to make an impact for Rafa Benitez’s team this season, following an impressive display during Newcastle’s 2016-17 Championship campaign.

The Democratic Republic of Congo captain has only made ten Premier League appearances for the St. James’ Park outfit and has seen his opportunities become limited, after the arrival of Florian Lejeune in the summer and Ciaran Clark has stepped up.

Mbemba has a deal with the Magpies until 2020, however, it is believed Newcastle could recoup the £8million they paid Anderlecht for him in 2015.

Rodgers is reportedly keen to add defensive players to his Celtic squad as he aims another domestic treble, whilst the club is also competing in the Europa League and sees the out-of-favour man as a viable option.

The Bhoys boss has already brought in Marvin Compper from Red Bull Leipzig earlier in the month and Mbemba would provide more experience to his backline, having been capped over 40 times for his country.

Newcastle and Benitez will turn their attention to the Premier League on Saturday when they will host bottom side Swansea City, as they look to get further away from the relegation zone.

The Magpies currently sit in 13th, however, they are only two points clear from the drop zone and the Spanish manager will be looking for a good performance from his team.

Celtic meanwhile remain the dominant force in Scottish football and are looking forward to a Europa League clash against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

The Hoops received a windfall after Southampton sold former player Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool and Rodgers could well be tempted to splash some of this money before the end of the month is out.



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