Report: Celtic interested in West Ham youngster as Emilio Izaguirre appears to be heading for the Parkhead exit

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The Scottish Premiership leaders are set to turn their attention to a former target as they consider potential replacements for the Honduran.

Celtic have reportedly reignited their interest in West Ham youngster Stephen Hendrie, seemingly confirming that they are resigned to losing Emilio Izaguirre in the summer, according to the Daily Record.

The Honduran - who has made just 15 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Ronny Deila's side this term - is hoping to leave Parkhead at the end of the season, the Record reports, and is keen on moving to MLS after nearly six years with the Hoops.

The 29-year-old's departure could see the Bhoys go after Hammers left-back Hendrie. The 21-year-old was on the club's radar while he was with their Premiership rivals Hamilton, but they missed out on that occasion with Hendrie opting for a switch to the Boleyn Ground.

However, he has so far been unable to make an impression for the Irons, as his only first-team action this season has come during a loan spell with League One side Southend United. 

The Record reports that Hendrie is keen on returning to Scotland, which is hardly surprising given that the hugely impressive Aaron Cresswell stands between him and a first-team spot, while the versatile Joey O'Brien can also be utilised on the left-hand side of defence.

And should reports of a desire to move back north of the border be true, then it surely seems unlikely that any other option would appeal to the youngster more than a move to Parkhead.

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