Brighton have been linked with the Iranian international winger.
Celtic have recently been linked with Iranian attacker Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. The 21-year-old was first linked with The Bhoys by The Scotsman at the end of March and those rumours have persisted into the summer.
The winger is however wanted by another British team. Brighton and Hove Albion are said to be keen on the player, who is all set to leave NEC this summer.
However De Telegraaf carries quotes from his agent Amir Hashemi which confirm reports from earlier in the week that he had rejected Brighton, after their bid for the player was accepted:
“Alireza wants to develop further and the style of play in The Championship would not help.
“Brighton wanted a quick decision to be made. Ali, however, needs time to ponder his future. Perhaps he will think differently in about four weeks, but right now he can absolutely not say yes.”
The news will be welcomed by Celtic. They could use another wide option for the upcoming season and the comments from Hashemi seem to suggest his client does not want to be playing in a second tier next season.
Surely the Iranian talent would prefer to be playing in the Champions LEague and challenging for a title, something Celtic could offer.
His price tag, according to de Gelderlander, is said to be around €2 million (£1.4 million), which would be a bargain buy for Celtic whilst his wage demands will not be too high.
He is certainly worth a swoop from The Bhoys, now it is clear that Brighton are currently off the table.