Deila confirms interest in loan deal; could Celtic land Martin Odegaard?

Celtic boss Ronny Deila says he would be interested in signing Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard on loan this summer.

Ronny Deila has told the Daily Express that he would be interested in signing Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard if the possibility presented itself this summer.

The Celtic manager, 39, is on course to win the treble with the Bhoys in his first season in charge, with the Scottish League Cup already secured after a 2-0 win over Dundee United in the final last week.

The league and Scottish Cup are still up for grabs, but Celtic will be firm favourites to win both - and if they do, Deila will be planning for more domination in the summer transfer window.

He may already have some targets in mind, and one has already been mentioned to Deila in a press conference this week.

Deila came to Celtic from Norwegian club Stromsgodset, and it was there where he handed a debut to Martin Odegaard, who was just 15 years old at the time.

Now with Real Madrid, the wonderkid playmaker has been linked with a move to Southampton on loan next season by the Mirror - but Deila told the Daily Express that if Odegaard is indeed available, he'd be interested in a reunion at Celtic.

"If it’s true he’s going to be loaned out, we will check to see what is possible," said Deila, suggesting a summer bid is on the cards.

Going head-to-head with Southampton would be an interesting battle given that the Saints have an extensive history of developing young players, including Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Yet with Deila in charge at Celtic and the promise of regular first team football under him, Odegaard may well fancy a reunion in Scotland - especially with international team mate and former Stromsgodset colleague Stefan Johansen also at the club.

Odegaard will be in demand this summer if Real Madrid do try to loan him out - but given his relationship with Deila, Celtic could be one of the favourites to snap him up.

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