Glasgow Celtic are pushing hard to sign FC Groningen central defender Samir Memisevic before the transfer window closes, according to Bosnian newspaper Oslobondenje.

The 25-year-old began his career with Slaven Zivinice, going on to play in Serbia before moving to the Netherlands in 2016.

Reported Celtic target Memisevic has played 60 times for Groningen since his arrival and started both of their first two Eredevisie matches this season.

The Bosnia international’s contract expires this summer but there is reportedly an option the club can take up to trigger a one-year extension.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants to add defensive reinforcements following a disappointing start to the season.

Defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership was followed by AEK Athens dumping the Hoops out of Champions League qualifying.

Last night, Celtic were held 1-1 in the Europa League play-off by Lithuanian team Suduva and his side have only kept one clean sheet this season.

Adding to the story, the report claims that Rodgers wants to bring in a central defender so he can allow Dedryck Boyata to leave Parkhead.

The Hoops are understood to have rejected bids for the Belgium international in the summer and he is yet to make an appearance this season.

Their report claims Celtic would be able to buy Memisevic for a low price, which, if Boyata is then sold, could represent good business.

There are historic links between the Scottish champions and Groningen, with Virgil van Dijk making the switch from the Netherlands to Parkhead in 2013.

In the same year, Derk Boerrigter also swapped the Eredivisie for Celtic, making a move from Ajax, although his time at the club was far less successful.

Hoops fans – already keen for the club to resolve the Boyata matter – would clearly hope that if Memisevic does arrive, he emulates the former rather than the latter


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