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Report: Celtic table a new loan bid for Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard

Ronny Deila is hoping to reunite with the Norwegian teen at Parkhead.

Celtic have made a new loan offer for Real Madrid’s Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, according to a report in Scotland On Sunday.

As relayed by the BBC, the report claims that Celtic are keen on bringing the 16-year-old talent to Glasgow on a season long loan deal next season.

The teenager is already a fully-fledged Norwegian international and he was part of a massive transfer battle to secure his services when it became clear he would be leaving former club Stromsgodset in January. The biggest clubs from around the world were all interested in the player, who eventually decided on Real Madrid.

Since then he has been mostly playing in their ‘B’ team but has been training regularly with the first team alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Why Celtic?

Obviously there is the Norwegian connection. Odegaard was given his debut at Stromsgodset by current Celtic boss Ronny Deila and a move to Celtic would feel as close to a move home as possible without a depreciation in playing quality that Real Madrid could find.

The idea of him playing Champions League football, something Madrid will hope he does in the future with them, will also be tempting Real to send him to Glasgow.

Other contenders?

The report also mentions the heavily reported interest of Madrid-based side Getafe and that could present a real problem for Celtic’s chances.

As much as a move to Celtic might be comfortable for the player, Real have worried about how the boy is settling in Madrid. Letting him escape now may not be the right option, whereas time with Getafe would mean he remains local and gets more La Liga playing time.

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