Celtic are keen on signing Panathinaikos midfielder Giannis Bouzoukis, according to Greek outlet Sdna.Gr.
The 21-year-old is a versatile midfielder and in 15 games this season he has operated in a number of roles.
He has played more often than not as a right-sided midfielder but does boast the passing attributes to play in a more central role.
Bouzoukis was watched by the Hoops when he played for Greece under-21s against Scotland last month.
The report suggests that Head of Football Operations Nicky Hammond has been personally monitoring the midfielder.
He appears to have been impressed and Bouzoukis might be a useful addition to Neil Lennon’s ranks during January.
The youngster is an academy graduate at Panathinaikos and has a contract with the Greek club until 2020.
Hammond has been in his current role since October 2019. He will hope to delight the Celtic fans in January with a couple of solid signings to give the team a lift.
Lennon will know what players he wants and Hammond will hope to deliver them in order to continue the club’s success.
TBR Verdict – Bouzoukis signing would surely be bad news for Tom Rogic
Signing the Greece under-21 international could signal the end for Rogic at Celtic.
The Australian has only made 10 appearances for the Hoops this season and another attacking outlet won’t help him.
Bouzoukis is six years younger than Rogic and Celtic might look to offload him whilst he still has some value.
There’s no saying that he will leave, of course. The Hoops might choose to keep him around in order to act as a backup; his chances of football will become increasingly more difficult, however.
Bouzoukis would be an exciting addition for Celtic and he would complement the current crop of young players nicely.