Could reported £5m Mori deal be good news for Celtic... or Southampton?

Celtic Football Club Wide

Everton are said to have agreed a fee for the central defender. That should have ramifications in terms of Virgil van Dijk.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton have agreed a £5 million fee for River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori.

Importantly, the 24-year-old is a centre-back. That means there could be inadvertent implications for both Celtic and Southampton...

The Liverpool Echo among others have recently linked Everton with the Dutchman but, should they end up signing Mori - and thereby reduce their need for Van Dijk substantially - it may in fact benefit Southampton more than it does Celtic.

Indeed, Mori's signature could give the Hoops one less suitor to fend off - but it will also reduce the competition for the Saints, potentially avoiding a bidding war and keeping the price down.

After all, where Everton have been linked, Southampton have been even more so. And, according to Sky Bet, they are 1/3 favourites to sign the 24-year-old.

As has been repeatedly stated, much depends on how Celtic get on against Malmo in their Champions League play-off. However that clash unfolds, though, Everton's interest in defenders other than Van Dijk could be seen as a blessing for the Bhoys - but may, in all likelihood, make life easier for Southampton when it comes to prising him away from Parkhead.

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