Genk have made a £2.25m bid for confirmed Celtic target Ismaila Soro, according to the Daily Record.
The Hoops have been scouting the defensive midfielder for a while and manager Neil Lennon has also confirmed that the Parkhead club are considering signing him.
Soro currently plies his trade in Israel for Bnei Yehuda, having played in Belgium and Moldova earlier in his career.
The reported Celtic target has made 51 appearances for the Israeli outfit but is yet to score a goal for them.
The 21-year-old will only be sold if the club’s valuation of him is met, according to Bnei Yehuda manager Yossi Abukasis.
The Ivorian’s greatest strength is his tackling and he is gaining repute for his combative style of play.
He also boasts great dribbling skills and can turn defence into attack with his quick feet.
Celtic meanwhile are top of the Scottish Premiership, sitting two points ahead of rivals Rangers and will be looking to bolster their title credentials with January signings.
Soro could become the Hoops’ second signing from the Israeli top flight this season, with Hatem Abd Elhamed joining from Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the summer.
Celtic have Scott Brown as a midfield talisman but with the veteran getting older and Olivier Ntcham not at his best this season, Lennon’s men may well look to strengthen in the boiler room this month.