Celtic face new competition in race for £3m striker, but remain favourites

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Huddersfield Town are reportedly interested in Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci - but are unlikely to be able to afford him.

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci always showed glimpses of his potential during his time at Portsmouth, but his decision to move back to his native Turkey led to his career stalling with Kayserispor and then in the Netherlands with NAC Breda.

Now in Scotland with Dundee United, Ciftci is proving why he was so highly rated at Portsmouth, scoring eight goals already this season - leaving him joint-second in the top scoring charts in the Scottish Premiership.

His goal against Celtic in December has made him a hot commodity, with the Bhoys even linked with a move to sign the 22-year-old centre forward.

The Terrors value Ciftci at around £3m, and have told Celtic that they must pay £6m to land their star striker and midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

That's a little steep, but his exploits in Scotland have triggered interest from another club - and this time, they're South of the border.

According to the Huddersfield Examiner, Huddersfield Town are reportedly interested in bringing Ciftci back to England, but have baulked at United's £3m valuation, and would try to convince them to lower that price in order to secure a deal this month.

Huddersfield are unlikely to get even close to that £3m asking price, leaving Celtic in pole position for Ciftci's signature - though reports of interest in Chesterfield's Eoin Doyle suggests Ronny Deila's men may look for a cheaper alternative.

Ciftci is the better player, but Deila may not quite have the funds to reach that £3m valuation, but he can surely get closer to it than Huddersfield can.

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