Report: Deila 'remains hopeful' that Mitchell Dijks will join Celtic this summer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is still interested in signing Willem II defender Mitchell Dijks.

According to The Sun, Celtic manager Ronny Deila is still hoping that Willem II defender Mitchell Dijks will join the Bhoys this summer.

The Bhoys are, according to the report, ready to announce Manchester City centre back Dedryck Boyata as their first summer signing after the Belgian arrived in Glasgow to complete his move.

Unsurprisingly, Deila won't be done there, and will be targeting more additions as he bids to reach the Champions League group stage - something he didn't achieve in his first season in charge.

With little cover behind first choice left back Emilio Izaguirre, it would be little surprise to see Deila add depth to that position - and Willem II star Dijks appears to be his first choice.

The 22-year-old, formerly of Ajax, has impressed in his first season with Willem II, and is now attracting plenty of interest from Dutch teams as well as Celtic.

Voetbal International recently reported that former club Ajax as well as AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord were pursuing Dijks, who has now gone on holiday to consider his future before making a decision, according to The Sun.

Despite the ever-growing interest in the 6ft 4in left back, Deila reportedly 'remains hopeful' that Dijks will choose a deal with Celtic rather than stay in the Netherlands.

The Champions League football on offer at Celtic Park could be the determining factor for Dijks - which may well be why Deila is so confident that a deal can be struck this summer.

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