Celtic have set their sights on a move for Hibernianâs in-demand Scotland striker Kevin Nisbet.
The Parkhead club, who yesterday sealed Ange Postecoglouâs first signing with the capture of Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide on a four-year deal, are looking to secure more new arrivals before their Champions League qualifer against Midtjylland.
Leigh Griffiths was yesterday handed a last chance to save his Celtic career after penning a 12-month contract extension.
Celtic want to sign Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet (left) who is valued at around Â£4million
New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has already snapped up one new signing this summer
But the club need fresh blood up front and work has begun to establish how much it would cost to lure Nisbet from Easter Road, with the Edinburgh outfit thought to be holding out for more than Â£4million.
A late substitute in all three of Scotlandâs Euro 2020 games against the Czech Republic, England and Croatia, the 24-year-old returns to pre-season training this weekend, with Celtic among a number of interested clubs.
Birmingham City had a package worth Â£3.2m turned down in January, and the Championship side remain in the hunt for Nisbet alongside Swansea, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Russian club FC Krasnodar.
Hibs are prepared to speak to potential suitors but have no need to sell and, with a hefty sell-on due to Nisbetâs former club Dunfermline, will insist on a fee in excess of Â£4m.
Nisbet was a substitute in all three of Scotland’s Euro 2020 games which they failed to win
Speaking in April, boss Jack Ross admitted a deal for Griffiths might be something the club would consider if the opportunity arose, and the 30-year-old could still emerge as a makeweight in any agreement for boyhood Hoops supporter Nisbet.
Last night Celtic confirmed the arrival of 20-year-old free agent Urhoghide. Born in Holland, the defender moved to England as a child, starting out at AFC Wimbledon.
Celtic have already signed midfielder Liam Shaw from Sheffield Wednesday and, after capturing a second Owls player, Postecoglou told Celticâs official website: âItâs great. Heâs someone that the clubâs been tracking for a while and, when I came on board, I managed to have a meeting with him and heâs a good young man, heâs very ambitious.
âHeâs just beginning his football career, but he shows all the attributes on and off the field to want to become a top player, so itâs great to get him here.
Celtic confirmed the signing ofÂ Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide (left)
âHe can play a couple of positions at the back and, most importantly, heâs really keen to learn and develop and I think this will be a great environment for him.
âHeâs a modern defender. Heâs good athletically, heâs mobile, heâs quick and he wants to get on the ball.
âHe can play a couple of different positions and, from our perspective, and the way we want to play our football, there are certain things I look for in players irrespective of age, and heâs got some really good attributes to be a top defender.
âThe most important thing is heâs got a real desire to reach the very top. Heâs excited about joining the club, which is important to me because thatâs the first thing I want to hear from players, that theyâre really keen to join us.â
Postecoglou has also handed Leigh Griffiths one last chance to save his Celtic playing career
Former Australia boss Postecoglou has also handed Leigh Griffiths one last opportunity to salvage his Celtic career.
The troubled Scotland striker will be back in the fold for a pre-season training camp in Wales, with the new boss saying: âI am really pleased to keep Leigh with us for another season at least. I have had very positive conversations with Leigh and he clearly understands my expectations and more importantly the clubâs.
âLeigh has already proven himself as one of the top strikers in Scotland and I look forward to working with him so that we can bring success to Celtic Football Club.â
Griffiths said: âI am delighted to extend my time at the club. Celtic is a club I love and want to do all I can to play my part again in bringing success to our supporters.
âIâm looking forward to the season ahead and working with the new gaffer and the rest of the lads. It is an exciting time for the club and I wanted to be part of the clubâs future. Iâll be doing everything I can to help us get back to where we all want to be.â