Could Celtic sign Omar Elabdellaoui on the cheap after previous £4m links?

Celtic manager Neil Lennon arrives prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter final match between Celtic and Partick Thistle at Celtic Park on September 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are reportedly sending scouts to watch long-time target Omar Elabdellaoui during Romania versus Norway.

Omar Elabdellaoui of Norway during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier training between Norway and Aserbajdsjan at Bislett Stadion on August 30, 2017 in Oslo, .

Interest is rising in Omar Elabdellaoui and with good reason.

It’s not every day that a Champions League captain is available for well below his market value but, with Elabdellaoui’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, Olympiakos are facing up to selling their skipper for a cut-price fee in January or risk losing him for absolutely nothing.

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According to the Mail, Celtic could take advantage with the Hoops sending scouts to watch the right-back in action last night during Romania’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Norway in Bucharest.

 

Aston Villa, Leicester, Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford are interested in bringing a former Hull and Manchester City flyer back to the Premier League too.

Now, the eagled eyed among you will know that this isn’t the first time Celtic have been linked with the 27-year-old Norwegian flyer, whose brilliant rabona cross was the highlight of a creditable 1-1 draw with Spain on Saturday.

Olympiacos FC's Omar Elabdellaoui (L) and FC Krasnodar's Dmitry Stotsky in the señond leg of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League play-off football match between FC Krasnodar and Olympiacos...

The Sun reported back in January that Elabdellaoui was valued at £4 million when Celtic first showed an interest. 12 months on, Olympiakos simply have no option but to drop his price tag rather substantially with the Greek giants suddenly caught between a rock and a hard place.

Suggestions that Celtic have renewed their interest raise a few questions. Does Neil Lennon perhaps see Hatem Elhamed as a centre-half long-term? Is Jeremie Frimpong not yet trusted for a run in the team?

And what about Stoke City loanee Moritz Bauer? Are Celtic already scouring the market for a full-time replacement?

Moritz Bauer of Stoke City reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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