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Celtic set to miss out on US international Mikkel Diskerud to New York City FC

Reported Celtic target Mikkel Diskerud is reportedly set to snub European interest to sign for MLS expansion side New York City FC.

After the messy situation surrounding Frank Lampard, MLS expansion side New York City FC look set to receive some good news, with goal.com claiming that the signing of US international Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud is close to being completed.

Diskerud, 24, has long-been linked to NYCFC, as well as to MLS, and almost joined the Columbus Crew in August before the deal collapsed at the last minute.

A free agent since his Rosenborg contract expired last month, the creative midfielder has also been linked to several clubs in Europe in recent weeks, including Werder Bremen and Scottish champions Celtic, who were said to be close to acquiring his signature this past summer in a cut-price £250,000 deal.

Having previously been on the club’s radar during the reign of Neil Lennon, new manager Ronny Deila is understood to be a big fan of Diskerud’s, and even tried to sign the then-Stabaek prospect in 2012 when in charge of Norwegian rivals Stromsgodset.

The Oslo-native, who was eligible to represent the US through his American mother, even acknowledged the club’s interest following the World Cup, where he was unused member of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad, telling reporters at the time: “During the World Cup, I told my agents that I didn’t want to hear about any transfer talk.

“I have obviously read about the interest from Celtic and Werder Bremen but, for the moment, I don't know much about it.”

Labelled the future number 10 of the US national team, Diskerud’s excellent passing and vision, as well as his tireless running and underrated bite, would have made him an excellent free signing for Celtic, but instead it appears as though NYCFC are set to pull off a major coup.

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