Celtic have ended their interest in Portland Timbers star Darlington Nagbe, according to The Scottish Sun.
The Hoops were said to be on the verge of sealing a £3 million move for the highly rated MLS midfielder before talks collapsed over Christmas.
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Boss Brendan Rogers is an admirer of the 26-year-old and was preparing a contract offer worth in the region of £10,000 per-week to tempt him to Glasgow.
Nagbe even visited Parkhead for the recent Champions League tie with Barcelona but it now appears that the Scottish champions will be turning their attention elsewhere ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
With 10 caps for the USA to his name, the former Cleveland Internationals man was instrumental as the Timbers won the 2015 MLS Cup, playing 42 times in total during the club’s victorious season.
However, a disappointing 2016 campaign followed, with Portland’s failure to reach the play-offs confirmed with a 4-1 final-day defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps.
The MLS has become a more attractive proposition in recent years for European clubs looking to pick up untapped talent and Celtic’s interest in Nagbe is symbolic of this progression.
With the market in Europe now vastly over-inflated, teams are now searching further afield in order to find value for money.