Celtic reportedly target Swedish defender Erik Johansson, player responds to speculation

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Celtic are reportedly tracking Malmo defender Erik Johansson.

According to Swedish website Fotboll Direkt, Celtic are pursuing Malmo defender Erik Johansson ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Bhoys wrapped up the signature of Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata earlier today, but manager Ronny Deila may need more defensive help ahead of the new season.

Jason Denayer will return to Manchester City at the end of his loan deal this summer, whilst Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk will be a target for Premier League clubs.

It now appears that Norwegian Deila is keen to do business back in Scandinavia, having allegedly targeted Malmo centre half Johansson.

The 26-year-old, who can also play in defensive midfield if required, has earned five caps for Sweden alongside Celtic ace Mikael Lustig, whilst Norwegian international Stefan Johansen is also a key figure at Celtic Park as the Bhoys embrace the Scandinavian revolution.

With a summer bid worth £1.15m in the offing from Celtic according to the report, Fotboll Direkt asked Johansson about the rumours - but he was unsurprisingly coy about the matter considering that he is still featuring on a regular basis for Malmo.

"I don't have much to say," said Johansson. "It's not something I need to put energy into here and now. I have two matches with Malmö up to the holiday and then it's international break. That's where my thoughts are," he added.

Deila will be well aware of Johansson's ability having managed in Scandinavia before arriving at Celtic, and the latest pursuit suggests that Deila is confident Johansson can make an impact in Scotland - should he manage to tie up his signature.

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