Dinamo Zagreb confirm Celtic agreement to buy Jozo Simunovic

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The Bhoys are looking to make another defensive addition in the shape of the 21-year-old, with Virgil van Dijk now set to move to Southampton according to reports.

The transfer of Dinamo Zagreb defender Jozo Simunovic to Celtic looks to be moving ever closer today, after the Croatian club updated their supporters regarding the mooted transfer on their website, showing some interesting developments relating to the switch.

With uncertainty surrounding the future of Virgil van Dijk, as the Record say Southampton are still yet to agree a fee with the Bhoys for the centre back, the Hoops have moved quickly to add to their defence in case the former Groningen man departs Celtic Park.

And given the following statement that have appeared on the Dinamo website, Simunovic joining the Scottish champions appears a formality, while Celtic will also get involved with helping youth coaching in Zagreb.

“Jozo is currently in Scotland," the Dinamo website states. "The contract between the clubs has been signed and it will become valid after his medical examination."

“There is a fixed compensation fee, bonuses and a record percentage of any future transfer, which is really important to us.

“Celtic coaches will come to our football academy school to educate our young players and they will come to the youth football tournament we host in memory of Mladen Ramljak.”

Simunovic has yet to feature for the Croatian national team, but has won eight caps for the Under-21 side. As a tall and strong central defender full of promise, he certainly could be capable of filling Van Dijk's daunting shoes should the Dutchman seal a big money move to Southampton.

The Daily Record state that the move for the 21-year-old will cost the Glasgow side £4 million, and will mean Celtic have signed three central defenders this summer, including Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City and Tyler Blackett on loan from Manchester United.

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