Report: Celtic want Diego De Girolamo on trial, could make permanent summer bid

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Celtic are reportedly pursuing Sheffield United teenager Diego De Girolamo.

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic want to take Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo on trial ahead of a possible permanent move this summer.

The Bhoys have seen Leigh Griffiths hit a rich vein of goalscoring form in 2015, but John Guidetti is only on loan and Stefan Scepovic has barely made an impact.

That may leave manager Ronny Deila searching for attacking reinforcements this summer, and it seems that De Girolamo is on his radar.

De Girolamo is a peculiar case; born in Chesterfield, the 19-year-old's father is Italian, making him eligible to represent both England and the Azzurri.

So far, De Girolamo has pledged his allegiance to Italy, making nine appearances at youth team level, and attracting plenty of interest in the process.

The Daily Mail note that Benfica and Juventus are also interested in the teenager, but Celtic are trying to fight off Southampton by offering a trial to De Girolamo as they try to decide whether to make a summer bid.

Currently on loan at League Two side Northampton Town, De Girolamo has played just nine times for Sheffield United, but enjoyed a productive loan spell with York City earlier this season, scoring four goals in 12 games.

It's clear that De Girolamo is attracting plenty of interest, and Celtic are reportedly keen to usurp their rivals by taking him on trial and getting a glimpse of him in action before making a summer bid.

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