In the summer of 2015, Celtic refused to take no for an answer in their pursuit of Willem II left-back Mitchell Dijks. According to the Daily Express, the Hoops’ doubled Eredivisie champions Ajax’s £800,000 offer in the hope of signing a player who could take the baton from the long-serving Emilio Izaguirre.
However, Celtic’s deal eventually hit a rather crucial snag. Dijks had started his career at Ajax and, after serving his apprenticeship elsewhere in the Dutch top flight, he was determined to return home and prove that he was indeed worthy of a first-team place.
Yet after spending the whole of last season as Frank De Boer’s first choice, Dijks has lost his left-back berth to Daley Sinkgraven, a converted midfielder, under new coach Peter Bosz.
And De Telegraaf reported that Norwich City, searching for a replacement for Swansea City-bound Martin Olsson, had agreed a fee of £3.4 million, only for the 23-year-old to spurn their advances as, in his agent’s words, he was not 100 per cent convinced.
But will Celtic renew their interest in the final days of the transfer window?
The excellent form of Kieran Tierney, coupled with his commitment to the club, means he is likely to make the left-back spot his own for years to come but, with Izaguirre (below) still yet to sign a new deal and, as reported by The Sun, keen on a move to England, Celtic could be on the lookout for a man to challenge for a starting place.
Dijks is a far more rounded left-back than the one who made his name at Willem II and, after missing out on the Eredivisie title on the final day of last season and subsequently losing his place in the XI, he could be more receptive to a move to the Scottish champions.
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