Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic are reportedly eyeing a move for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, according to a report published by The Daily Record.
The Hoops will likely have to bring in defensive reinforcements next summer. Dedryck Boyata is set to leave the Parkhead club with his contract expiring while loan additions Jeremy Toljan and Felip Benkovic are set to return to their parent clubs.
Celtic star Kieran Tierney has also been linked with a move away from the club.
The report added that Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon is eyeing a possible deal for Kalas as he looks to build a squad which can be competitive in European football next season.
The 25-year-old is actually currently Chelsea’s longest-serving player, having been at the club since 2010. However, he has been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge, having made just two Premier League appearances and has had numerous loan spells.
The 18-times capped Czech Republic international is currently on the books of Championship club Bristol City. The reported Celtic target has been a regular for the Robins, featuring 26 times in the English second-tier so far this season.
Kalas ould be a good replacement for Boyata and as such Celtic must go all out to sign him during the summer transfer window. He is also similar to the Belgian in that he is able to operate as both a centre-back and a right-back.
Apart from Bristol City, Kalas has also had loan spells with the likes of Sigma Olomouc, Vitesse, FC Koln, Middlesbrough and Fulham.
The Celtic target has adequate experience competitively and has the ingredients to be a success in the Scottish Premiership.