2016 Manchester United links highlight Celtic's potential Omar Elabdellaoui coup

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic are reportedly hoping to bring Omar Elabdellaoui to the Scottish Premiership, after he was linked with Manchester United.

Mikael Lustig of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic appear to have identified another right-back target as their search for a Mikael Lustig replacement goes on.

The Hoops missed out on Cristiano Piccini when the Italian moved to Valencia and were left disappointed when Conner Roberts signed a long-term contract with Swansea City, too.

And, according to the Daily Record, any attempts to sign Belgian international Timothy Castagne have hit a brick wall to with Atalanta demanding £10 million.

 

As a result, the report adds that Celtic have now turned their attention towards the Norwegian flyer Omar Elabdellaoui. The Olympiacos defender is understood to have emerged as a target for the Hoops, with a bargain £4 million price-tag on his head.

And, interestingly, these links have emerged just two-and-a-half years after Elabdellaoui was linked with a switch to Manchester United, highlighting the potential of a player who spent time in City’s academy during his teenage years.

Omar Elabdellaoui of Olympiacos looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Real Betis and Olympiacos at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 29, 2018 in Seville, Spain.

The Mail reported that the then-£10 million rated Elabdellaoui was on United’s radar, with his agent Jim Solbakken confirming interest from within Old Trafford.

So, with this in mind, Celtic could be pulling off a real bargain of a deal if Olympiacos are willing to accept a reduced £4 million fee.

Jamie Ward (R) of Northern Ireland and Omar Elabdellaoui (L) of Norway during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Norway at Windsor Park on March 26, 2017 in...

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