Celtic are on the verge of signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun that a deal for Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien is now close to completion.

Bhoys fans have been waiting for a major addition this summer, and the frustration has mounted with David Turnbull’s move being on and off for almost two weeks now.

A new defender has to be a top priority, given that Dedryck Boyata has joined Hertha Berlin, and loanee Filip Benkovic has returned to Leicester City.

Last night, French newspaper La Depeche reported that Toulouse defender Jullien was all set for a move to Celtic after a couple of weeks of speculation.

Jullien, 26, impressed alongside Issa Diop at Toulouse in the 2017-18 season, and whilst he endured a slight decline last season, could be the dominant force Celtic are looking for.

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, Jullien is strong and commanding in the air, and should fit in well as a partner for fellow giant Kristoffer Ajer.

Now, Lennon has admitted that a deal is ‘close’ for Jullien to join the Bhoys, and suggested that Jullien has actually been on Celtic’s radar before he even got there, hinting that predecessor Brendan Rodgers was also keen.

“It’s close, yeah,” said Lennon. “It’s a player that we’ve identified for a long time, even before my time here, hopefully we can get that one over the line soon,” he added.

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