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Transfer blow for Celtic as Mitchell Dijks agent suggests his client will stay in Holland

The defender has been linked with The Bhoys this month.

Willem II left-back Mitchell Dijks is certainly looking like a player with plenty of interest in his services this summer.

One team keen on his signature is Celtic.

The Scotsman linked Celtic with a £900k move for the Dutch left-back at the start of the month. Dijks, who can also play at centre-back, has played 27 times in Eredivisie this season.

However Celtic are not alone in their pursuit.

This week has seen Feyenoord reportedly speak to Dijks about his future, as claimed by Voetbal International.

Yesterday it was reported by De Telegraaf that Ajax were due to hold talks with the player about a potential return to Amsterdam.

The report claimed that Dijks could return to Ajax, with whom he played six games between 2012 and 2014, on a deal until 2018.

That apparent deal seemed to gain momentum overnight. In some circles they were already reporting that the deal was done, and Celtic would lose out on Dijks to the Amsterdam club.

But his agent has now denied that is the case. Dick van Burik, himself a former professional footballer who played for Hertha Berlin, is his agent and he spoke to Algemeen Dagblad late last night. He confirmed that Ajax was his most likely destination, but that no deal was concluded yet. However, unfortunately for Celtic, he also confirmed it was between Feyenoord and Ajax for his services:

"It is between Ajax or Feyenoord. Ajax have the better offer. But it is not a foregone conclusion."

So Celtic must not give up on this talented defender just yet. It looks like he might still be in their sights.

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