Report: Celtic and Middlesbrough target Nadir Ciftci turns down Wigan Athletic

The Dundee United striker is believed to be on the radar of several clubs this summer.

Celtic and Middlesbrough have received a boost in their pursuit of Nadir Cifcti of Dundee United, after reports emerged today that he had rejected Wigan Athletic.

The Evening Telegraph report that Wigan, recently relegated to League One, had a bid accepted by The Terrors for the Turk but that he had informed The Lactics that he did not want to play in England’s third tier.

A couple of days ago it was reported by the BBC that Celtic had a £900,000 bid for Ciftci rejected by their Scottish rivals.

The Daily Mail reported that Middlesbrough were considering making a £1.7 million bid for the player, who scored 16 goals in 42 games last season, in a bid to lure him to The Championship.

The news that Wigan have been told no by Cifcti is a big boost for both Celtic and Boro who would now appear to be the front-runners in any pursuit of the player.

Should Celtic up their bid?

It is clear that Celtic are keen but rightfully they do not want to overspend on the player. The trouble is Dundee United are likely to want more money from Celtic than anyone else. They are domestic rivals and fans at Tannadice are still angry that both Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven made the move to Celtic Park.

But if they make an offer Dundee United cannot refuse you can rest assured Celtic will be confident of convincing him to make the inter-league move.

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