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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are leading the chase to sign Finland international Jere Uronen from Belgian giants Genk before the transfer window closes, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

It will surprise no one to learn Uronen, a 26-year-old who has spent the past four seasons at Genk, is a left-back.

Since loaning Boli Bolingoli to Super Lig winners Istanbul Basaksehir, Celtic have been stepping up their attempts to solve what has been a problem position since the talismanic Kieran Tierney swapped Glasgow for London a year ago.

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Greg Taylor is solid enough but lacks the swashbuckling burst of attacking intent required for a Hoops side that relies on individual quality out wide to break down stubborn, deep-lying defensive blocks.

Whether Uronen is the man to fill Tierney’s boots, however, is another matter.

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The 40-cap Scandinavian set up just one goal in 2019/20 but he did produce six assists the season before.

Uronen at least possesses the defensive awareness and positional intelligence the exciting but erratic Bolingoli lacked.

Tuttomercatoweb claims Bundesliga and Serie A clubs are also interested in the former Helsingborgs ace – although Celtic are the most interested party as things stand.

It remains to be seen whether the Hoops will make another bid for Alfie Doughty too after Charlton Athletic rejected two bids for the 20-year-old speed machine (Sun).

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Celtic’s record transfer sales

  1. Kieran Tierney

    £25 million (Arsenal)

  2. Moussa Dembele

    £19.7 million (Lyon)

  3. Victor Wanyama

    £12.5 million (Southampton)

  4. Virgil van Dijk

    £11.5 million (Southampton)

  5. Fraser Forster

    £10 million (Southampton)

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