Celtic's bid for USA international Mikkel Diskerud given major boost

Celtic's attempts to sign USA international and Rosenborg midfielder Mikkel Diskerud have been given a major boost, with news the Norwegian club are looking to trim their squad.

Celtic’s reported pursuit of USA international Mikkel "Mix" Diserkud has been given a major boost, with the midfielder’s club, Rosenborg, stating that they are set to offload a number of players this summer.

Having joined the Norwegian champions from Stabaek in August 2012, Diskerud’s contract is set to expire at the end of 2014 and is said to be available for a cut price of £250,000.

Having previously been on Celtic’s radar under the departed Neil Lennon, new boss Ronny Deila also tried to sign the 23-year-old during his time as manager of rival Tippeligaen side Stromsgodest, according to the player’s agent, and reportedly remains a big admirer.

A former Norway under-19 international, Diskerud eventually opted to represent the nation of his Arizona-born mother, making his senior US debut in 2010, and has since gone on to earn 20 caps, winning a place on the 2014 World Cup squad but failing to ever see the pitch.

The Oslo-native has been linked to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in recent weeks, as well as to a move to MLS, but did not want to stir speculation when asked about a potential summer transfer.

‘During the World Cup, I told my agents that I didn’t want to hear about any transfer talk,’ he said. ‘I have obviously read about the interest from Celtic and Werder Bremen but, for the moment, I don't know much about it.

‘I have thrived at Rosenborg, so I have no problem being here.’

A true playmaker, with excellent passing and vision, Diskerud has been highly-rated within the US setup for some time now, with fans and media alike hailing him as the future number 10 of the side.

He could certainly thrive in the Scottish Premiership if given the opportunity and, with Celtic captain Scott Brown having recently been ruled out for three months with a hamstring injury, there is a prime opening in the side for him to come in and fill from the get-go.

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