Report: Celtic prepare January bid to sign Dundee United's John Souttar, Deila keen

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Celtic are reportedly preparing a January offer for Dundee United's John Souttar.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic are lining up a move for Dundee United starlet John Souttar in the January transfer window.

The Bhoys have struggled defensively ever since losing both Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk over the summer, even after manager Ronny Deila snapped up Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic as their replacements.

With some shaky defensive performances so far this season, Celtic are widely expected to make a move for at least one new defender in January, with another Dundee United ace on their wishlist.

The Bhoys swooped on their Scottish Premiership rivals three times in the last 12 months, snapping up Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Nadir Ciftci as the Terrors were pillaged by Celtic.

Now bottom of the Scottish Premiership, Dundee United have certainly felt the full force of those losses - and could lose another player to Deila's men.

The Scottish Sun report that Celtic are lining up a January move to sign Dundee United teenager John Souttar, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The report states that Bhoys manager Deila is very keen on signing Souttar, and believes the 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him despite struggling to nail down a regular place in the Dundee United side recently.

Celtic may well be preparing a cash offer for Souttar in January, but with his contract expiring, they could also strike a pre-contract agreement with the defender - who can also play in holding midfield - enabling him to join the club at the end of the season.

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