Reported £1.5m Celtic bid for Nadir Ciftci is 'all speculation', says van Hooijdonk

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Nadir Ciftci's agent Pierre van Hooijdonk has played down talk of a move to Celtic.

Nadir Ciftci's agent Pierre van Hooijdonk has told the BBC that reports of a £1.5m bid from Celtic for the Dundee United striker is 'all speculation'.

Ciftci, 23, has hit 14 goals for Dundee United this season, following on well from his prolific campaign last season which saw him smash 17 goals for the Terrors.

It's therefore little surprise to see him linked with a move away from Tannadice, with The Sun reporting earlier this week that Celtic will make a £1.5m bid to sign the Turkish forward this summer.

With John Guidetti set to leave the club at the end of his loan spell from Manchester City this summer and Serbian forward Stefan Scepovic yet to really make an impact so far, meaning manager Ronny Deila is likely to be in the market for a striker this summer.

Ciftci, as one of the top strikers in Scotland, would be a sensible target, especially considering how familiar he is with January signings Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong from their time together at Dundee United.

Now, his agent - former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk, who scored 52 goals in 84 games for the Bhoys - has told the BBC that there is nothing to the speculation - yet.

"There is nothing that I know," said van Hooijdonk. "If the right club isn't there for him, we would take it to another season at United. He's very happy with the way he is being treated at the club."

"I can imagine that they are looking at him, but I have had no calls from Celtic. It is all speculation at the moment. I have no doubts that he could play at a higher level, but here is no need to speculate about other options. I'm sure they will be there in the future, but the move has to be right."

"If something comes up where it is worth him looking at it, we will. Everyone knows Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland, but there is no point discussing it until something does," he added.

Van Hooijdonk's history and success at Celtic could help sway Ciftci towards a move to Glasgow, but Dundee United will be reluctant to let their star player leave having already allowed Armstrong and Mackay-Steven to leave in January.

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