Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly want Adam Maher, as do Championship duo Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers.

The likes of Celtic and Queens Park Rangers look set to miss out on Adam Maher with Utrecht in pole position to land the Dutch midfielder on a free transfer, according to De Telegraaf.

The 25-year-old finds himself without a club after rejecting the chance to extend his contract at AZ Alkmaar at the end of the season and De Telegraaf reported over the weekend that Celtic, QPR and Blackburn Rovers were all hoping to snap him up for absolutely nothing.

A five-time Netherlands international who made his Oranje debut under Louis Van Gaal in 2012, Maher won two Eredivisie titles with PSV Eindhoven after making his name in Dutch football during an initial spell at AZ.

He returned to the Alkmaar outfit last year and produced four assists in 21 Eredivisie starts. But reports out of Holland this morning are suggesting that Maher will ignore interest from Celtic and co in order to join Utrecht instead.

This is largely because John Van den Brom, who helped Maher get his career back on track last season at AZ, has already been announced as the new coach of Utrecht, replacing veteran Dick Advocaat.

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