Report: Deila wants Celtic to complete deal for Dundee United teenager John Souttar

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Celtic are reportedly interested in signing Dundee United youngster John Souttar.

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic will make a move to sign Dundee United utility man John Souttar during this summer's transfer window.

The Bhoys completed a double swoop on their Scottish Premiership rivals in January, snatching Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong away from Tannadice.

Now, they could do the same again, with the Daily Mail not only noting their interest in striker Nadir Ciftci, but also Souttar, who has proven his versatility this season having played not only in defence but also in midfield in recent times.

The 18-year-old has come up through the ranks at Dundee United, making 47 appearances for the club including 11 this season as he holds a reputation as one of the finest young players in Scotland.

It's therefore little surprise to see speculation of a move from Celtic, with Ronny Deila reportedly seeing Souttar as cover in defence and midfield according to the Daily Mail, as the Norwegian pushes for the Bhoys to land Souttar this summer.

The Bhoys are set to lose centre back Jason Denayer when his loan from Manchester City ends, whilst defensive partner Virgil van Dijk could also leave for the Premier League.

Souttar would give Deila another option in the centre of defence, as well as cover behind Scott Brown and Nir Bitton in the heart of midfield.

The Daily Mail believe that Celtic could land both Ciftci and Souttar for a combined £1.5m this summer, which would certainly fit within Deila's budget, and give him more options ahead of next season.

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