Report: Celtic have bids worth £1.75m rejected, battle Championship duo for third potential signing

The latest Celtic transfer news, including a battle with Nottingham Forest and Leeds United for Barry Bannan.

Celtic are looking to kick on after reaching the Scottish League Cup Final, by making a move to bring in new faces ahead of the transfer deadline.

With a deal already in the pipeline to sign Michael Duffy from Derry City, per the BBC, they have been active in trying to ensure he is not the last one through the door.

Bids rejected

A separate BBC report states Celtic had two separate bids rejected by fellow SPL side Dundee United.

A deal to bring in Gary Mackay-Steven has already been agreed for the summer, with the winger arriving on a free transfer, but Dundee have blocked advances to bring him in early.

The report states Celtic offered £150,000 to Dundee United in hope of getting him in for the final months of the season.

It is also claimed by the BBC in the same article that a £1.6 million offer for Scott Armstrong has also been rejected, an increase of their £1.5 million bid a week ago, but clearly not enough to tempt a side just six points behind them in the league table.

Loan deal considered

Celtic are also interested in a loan deal to sign Crystal Palace winger Barry Bannan, report The Daily Record.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has given permission for the out of favour midfielder and Scottish international to leave, the report states.

However Celtic face competition, with The Mirror reporting Nottingham Forest and Leeds United could make a play for the former Aston Villa prospect.

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