Celtic trying to sign Manchester City loanee permanently, admits Deila


Celtic boss Ronny Deila has revealed that progress is being made towards signing Manchester City striker John Guidetti on a long-term basis, following a successful start to his season-long loan.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he would love to sign Manchester City loanee John Guidetti on a permanent basis, and is already talking to his representatives about making a future deal happen.

Arriving on a season-long loan in September after being deemed surplus to requirements in Manchester, Guidetti, 22, has since scored five goals in seven total games for Celtic to strike up an immediate rapport with the Parkhead faithful.

A once highly-rated prospect at the Etihad Stadium, the Swedish striker has made just one first-team appearance for City since signing for the club in 2008 and, with his contract set to expire next summer, Deila hopes he will opt to remain in Glasgow for the long-term.

‘This looks like his home. Celtic and John are suited together and we want to continue with that,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘I hope he stays here and we will do everything we can to make him become a Celtic player permanently.

‘We are talking to everybody around him and to him also, and he is positive. His contract with City is only to the end of the season so we hope to do that as quickly as possible.’

The prospects of a permanent move seem to have been boosted following Guidetti's recent comments, with the loanee revealing how much he's loving life with the Hoops.

'It makes me so happy,' he was quoted on the BBC. 'It's a beautiful place to be.

'All the people treat you so good. We have taco evenings.

'I love to play football and to play for passionate fans for a massive club is a great honour.'

Despite struggling to make his mark at City, Guidetti did enjoy a previous loan spell with Dutch side Feyenoord during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring 20 times in 23 Eredivisie games.

A goalless spell at Stoke during the second half of last season under former boss Mark Hughes saw Premier League opinion on him sour, but the promising front man now looks to be fulfilling some of his undoubted potential north of the border.

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