Celtic miss out on Dutch Under-21 defender, Belgian club announce cut-price deal

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Reported Celtic target Stefano Denswil is set to leave Ajax for Club Brugge.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told fans not to expect many deals early on in the transfer window, and that may ring true as one of his reported targets is set for a move - but not to Glasgow.

Reports in the Daily Mail last week suggested that Deila had set his sights on a move to sign Ajax centre back Stefano Denswil in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old joined Ajax at the age of eight and came up through the legendary Ajax academy, which has produced some of the best players we've ever seen.

Denswil has been a bit-part figure under Frank de Boer though, and having played just 90 minutes of first-team action this season, he's moved on from Amsterdam.

The Dutch Under-21 regular has chosen to join Club Brugge in Belgium despite reported interest from Celtic, who may be looking for potential successors to Denswil's compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

Club Brugge confirmed the deal on Sunday, announcing that Denswil had penned a three-and-a-half year deal with the club, pending a medical. Given that his contract was set to expire in June, Club Brugge have reportedly landed him for a cut-price fee, and general manager Vincent Mannaert was delighted to secure his signature.

"Stefano is an opportunity for Club Brugge. We have been following him for several years and we are very happy to see him come to Jan Breydel Stadium. With the unavailability of Björn Engels it's good to see Stefano Denswil join our forces. An extra central defender was necessary," said Mannaert.

Denswil can also play at left back, suggesting that Celtic may be looking for someone who can cover at both centre back and left back amid reported concerns over Emilio Izaguirre.

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