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Report: Celtic abandon pursuit of Dundee United's Stuart Armstrong, clubs unable to agree fee

Celtic have reportedly ended their interest in a deal for Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

According to Sky Sports, Celtic have ended their chase for Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong after failing in a deadline day bid.

Celtic have been quiet during this month's transfer window, and whilst Derry City confirmed that their young winger Michael Duffy is set to join the Bhoys, most of the attention has been on Gary Mackay-Steven's pre-contract agreement with Celtic.

The Dundee United winger will join on a free transfer this summer when his contract at Tannadice ends, and Celtic have been making efforts to bring his team mate Stuart Armstrong to Glasgow with him.

Armstrong, 22, impressed last season with 11 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, and has been the heartbeat of the Dundee United midfield again this term.

Celtic were unsurprisingly looking to sign him, but had seen a £1.5m bid rejected according to the Evening Express, leaving his future up in the air.

Now, Sky Sports suggest that Celtic have given up on their pursuit of Armstrong, sensing that Dundee United are unwilling to sell for a price within their budget.

That's a blow for manager Ronny Deila, but expect to see Celtic renew their interest in the midfielder this summer - unless a Premier League team can land him before tonight's deadline.

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