Celtic are inviting competition for Charis Mavrias when they reportedly have the cash to do a permanent deal.
The Daily Record has suggested that Celtic are laying with fire over their reported interest in signing Charis Mavrias from Sunderland.
The paper claims the Bhoys have the cash to do a deal for the Sunderland youngster, but are inviting competition for him with their intention to sign him on a short term loan.
Celtic reportedly want him until the end of the season, with the Record naming Greek sides Panathinaikos and PAOK, as two rivals that harbour similar intentions.
Celtic could stump up the cash and do a permanent deal, with the paper claiming that the Greek teams aren’t in a position to compete against the Scottish club from a financial point of view.
The reluctance of Ronny Deila for the club to do a permanent deal is understandable.
Mavrias hasn’t made an appearance for Gus Poyet’s first team at Sunderland this season and the fee mentioned in the report, £2 million, is a big gamble for a player who hasn’t featured to a high level this season.
Celtic still stand a good chance of getting him if it comes down to a battle over which club is the best for a loan move.