Report: Dedryck Boyata meets with Deila, potential Celtic transfer details emerge

Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata is reportedly moving closer to a deal with Celtic.

According to The Herald, Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata has already held talks with Celtic, and is nearing a free transfer move to the club.

Celtic drew 0-0 at St. Johnstone on Friday night, and with just one game to go this season, manager Ronny Deila will already be casting his eye on potential new signings this summer.

Centre back Jason Denayer will be returning to Manchester City at the end of his season-long loan deal - and, ironically, his replacement could be another Belgian from Manchester City.

The Herald report that Celtic are already at an advanced stage in talks to sign 24-year-old defender Boyata, with the player having already met with manager Deila, assistant boss John Collins and chief executive Peter Lawwell this week.

The report also states that City will allow Boyata to join Celtic on a free transfer, with the only stipulation of the deal being that a sell-on clause is inserted so City would receive a percentage of any fee should Celtic sell Boyata in the future.

Boyata, who has one cap for Belgium at international level, has played just ten times for City in the last two seasons, and is clearly ready for more first team football after loan spells with Bolton Wanderers and Twente in recent years.

With Denayer heading back to City, Boyata could now replace him in the Celtic defence, and on a free transfer he would certainly be worth a gamble for Celtic, considering just how highly rated he was when he emerged at City in 2010.

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