Celta Vigo raise their bid for Southampton, Sunderland and Celtic defensive target

Celta Vigo, Balaidos Stadium

La Liga side Celta Vigo have stepped up their pursuit of centre-back Papy Djilobodji, who is wanted in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership.

Having had a first offer of €1.6 million rejected by Nantes for defender Papy Djilobodji, according to La Voz de Galicia, Celta Vigo have submitted an improved bid of €2.4 million.

The 26-year-old Senegal international is regarded as a primary target for Celta Vigo, the Galician regional newspaper has underlined, as manager Eduardo Berizzo hopes to make what is predicted to be their last signing of the summer.

Djilobodji has agreed personal terms, suggest the reports, whilst also declaring publicly that he fancies a move to La Liga. However, the Spanish club still fear they could be beaten to his signature, if teams from England and Scotland pursue their interest with more attractive financial offers.

Earlier this week, The Scotsman reported that the towering centre-back is wanted by Celtic, whilst suggesting their main rivals will be Premier League side Sunderland, who are also keen to make significant defensive reinforcements.

Meanwhile, the Galician reports indicate the interest genuinely feared the most by Celta Vigo, is that of Southampton. The club managed by Ronald Koeman could trump all rivals for Djilobodji, by offering his French club up to €4 million, with Nantes keen to cash in as much as they possibly can.

At the moment, though Celta Vigo have had positive responses from the player, it is now a question of playing the waiting game, having been obliged to raise their bid because of the substantial interest from Britain.

If Celta Vigo eventually manage to get Djilobodji to Balaidos, he will compete for a place in the heart of their defence alongside Cabral, Fontas and Sergi Gomez.

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