Anderlecht left back Fabrice N'Sakala has told Voetbalkrant that he held talks with Celtic over a summer transfer, but no deal was possible.
N'Sakala, 25, joined the Belgian giants from French side Troyes in 2013, and has gone on to become a key player for Anderlecht in his two years at the club.
His performances over in Belgium have now triggered plenty of interest in his signature, with Celtic seemingly trying to lure him to Scotland.
N'Sakala, a DR Congo international, has now told Voetbalkrant that he held talks with the Bhoys as well as with French club Lille, but financial issues made any potential deals impossible.
"This summer I sat around the table with Celtic," said N'Sakala. "Also Lille was interested. A loan spell was a possibility, but it all came to nothing because of financial situations," he added.
Celtic spent all summer looking for a left back to challenge Emilio Izaguirre, and even though Tyler Blackett signed on loan from Manchester United, a more permanent, long-term solution may be required.
N'Sakala is a talented left back with great pace to get forward and support the attack, and he has proven himself capable of playing in a top European league whilst with Anderlecht.
The left back may take a huge chunk out of Celtic's budget, but it has been a problem position for manager Ronny Deila for some time now, with Izaguirre providing inconsistent displays, particularly in 2015.
If Bhoys manager Deila can get the funds together to launch a second bid in the January transfer window, then it's something Celtic should certainly consider, given N'Sakala's proven quality and good age, giving him time to develop even more over the coming years.
Even with youth product Kieran Tierney emerging behind Honduran international Izaguirre, Celtic should be at least considering a bid for a left back in January - and N'Sakala should be a top target having admitted holding talks with the club over the summer.