Zvonimir Simunovic confirms Ljuban Crepulja is in talks with Celtic

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Celtic are hoping to sign Croatian talent Ljuban Crepulja.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Slaven Beluop director Zvonimir Simunovic has confirmed that 22-year-old midfielder Ljuban Crepulja is in talks with Celtic concerning a move to Parkhead.

Simunovic said: “At this moment we can only confirm that Crepulja is in Glasgow with his agent for negotiations with Celtic and he is going to be there for few days. He is one of the best young Croatian players in his position and talks between Slaven Belupo and Celtic are in progress - but nothing is agreed so far.”

Crepulja has travelled to Scotland and is currently undergoing negotiations with the team with the intention of signing for Ronny Deila’s side this month.

Simunovic confirmed that no agreement has been reached between the Bhoys and the player’s current club Slaven Belupo, but a transfer is expected soon.

Crepulja will arrive at Celtic with a reputation as one of the better rated youth talents in Croatian football. A former youth international, he started his career with Sagest, before moving to Lokomotiva and then into Dinamo Zagreb’s youth system.

He left having not made an appearance for Zagreb’s first-team, and moved to Hrvatski Dragovoljac, playing 28 goals and scoring one goal.

His form saw Slaven Beluop sign him, and he has impressed since moving. 87 goals have brought a return of three goals and eight assists, with the youngster impressing in a defensive midfield role.

Deila has earmarked Crepulja as as star of the future, and it would be no surprise to see a deal wrapped up this month.

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