Report: Celtic to increase Jozo Simunovic asking price after deadline day saga, will resist January bids

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Celtic will reportedly snub any move from Torino for Jozo Simunovic.

According to the Daily Mail (Press Reader), Celtic will resist any January bid from Torino for central defender Jozo Simunovic, and would demand a considerably larger fee now after his August move to the Italian side failed.

Simunovic, 22, starred in his native Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb, coming up through the ranks with the club where the likes of Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Nio Kranjcar and Eduardo cut their teeth.

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After Virgil van Dijk left Celtic for Southampton in September 2015, the Bhoys swooped to land Simunovic as his replacement, with the Croatian expected to fill a major hole in the Celtic defence.

However, Simunovic struggled for form and fitness last season, playing just 18 games in all competitions, leading Celtic to sign Erik Sviatchenko in January and Kolo Toure over the summer.

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in action with Rangers' Barrie McKayCeltic's Jozo Simunovic in action with Rangers' Barrie McKay

As noted by the Daily Mail (Press Reader), Simunovic was set to join Torino for £3.75million on deadline day in August of this year, but the deal fell through – and he has since established himself as a key player in Brendan Rodgers' side.

Now, it's claimed that Torino have been scouting Simunovic again ahead of the January transfer window, but Celtic will rebuff any attempt from the Serie A side to sign him.

The report states that Celtic would ask for a considerably higher price than the £3.75million fee they agreed with Torino earlier this year, in a move which should ward off Torino whilst also showing just how much Simunovic has impressed in recent weeks.

It's added that the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Swansea City are also keen on Simunovic, but with Celtic bumping the centre back's price up, it doesn't look like he will be leaving next month.

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