Report: Celtic close to signing Manchester United's Saidy Janko, permanent deal imminent

Celtic are reportedly close to signing Manchester United defender Saidy Janko.

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic are close to signing Manchester United full back Saidy Janko on a permanent deal this summer.

The Bhoys have already signed one defender from a Manchester club this summer, snapping up centre back Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City.

Now, manager Ronny Deila appears to be turning his attention to a Manchester United defender this time, in Swiss full back Janko.

The 19-year-old right back joined United from FC Zurich in 2013, and whilst he impressed under former Celtic boss Neil Lennon during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers last season, Janko has made just one first team appearance for Manchester United.

In a surprise move, Janko now looks set to leave Old Trafford permanently, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Celtic are close to striking a deal with the Red Devils.

The report also states that current Bhoys right back Adam Matthews is a £1.5m target for Queens Park Rangers, meaning Janko could be his replacement.

Premier League fringe players

Deila has already brought in Boyata, and if he can land Janko too, it would show that the Norwegian is happy to shop in the Premier League.

Yet, rather than lure big names north of the border, Deila appears to be focusing on signing fringe players from big clubs, with the intention of giving them first team football in Glasgow.

This is a relatively low-risk, high-reward strategy from Deila, who clearly believe that he can turn these youngsters into stars with the right exposure to the first team - and whilst Janko may be raw, Deila will have seen something in him to make him believe he is worth signing.

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