Premier League Everton are set to test the mettle of the Scottish champions Celtic by making a bid for star defender Kieran Tierney, according to the Daily Mirror.
New Toffees boss Marco Silva understands that purchasing a left-back is top of his shopping list this summer for a number of reasons. He is short in that area of the park anyway, but his main man in that position, Leighton Baines, could be following Wayne Rooney to the MLS if reports are to be believed.
Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union have been keeping an eye on the situation with the England full-back, while both Los Angeles sides have also expressed an interest in the veteran star.
The Toffees were so light in the left-back area last term that when Baines was out injured, then boss Sam Allardyce was forced to play Cuco Martina out of position, which is something Silva will be hoping to avoid going forward.
Tierney is seen as one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football, and only signed a new six-year contract with the Bhoys in October, but Everton appear ready to test their resolve with a bid for the Scotland international.
The left-back made 55 appearances as the Glasgow giants completed yet another domestic treble in the previous campaign, and was quick to commit his long-term future to the club off the back of a successful start to his career.
The Goodison Park outfit are not the only side monitoring Celtic’s prized asset as Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to have an eye on securing his future, so if Silva is to get his man he is going to need to get serious with the offer he makes.
Brendan Rodgers will be reluctant to let the 21-year-old leave the club, but the lure of the Premier League could be too much for the defender to turn down.