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Report: Burnley plot £1m raid on Celtic for Nir Bitton

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Report: Burnley plot £1m raid on Celtic for Nir Bitton

Nir Bitton ideally wants to stay at Celtic.

Burnley are planning to sign Celtic star Nir Bitton in January, according to The Scottish Sun.

Bitton is out of contract next summer and Burnley are eyeing a £1m January swoop. Sean Dyche wants to sign Bitton in a cut-price deal to bolster his squad options.

 

The Israel international wants to stay at Celtic but might have to consider his options if he is not rewarded with a contract extension. Bitton has enjoyed a run in the team this season and he can play in central defence or central midfield.

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Burnley have had a mixed start to the season and they lie in mid-table in the league. Dyche masterminded a 3-0 victory over West Ham this weekend to reverse a run of bad form and get the Clarets back in form before the international break.

But he is targeting more success and Bitton could be a player to inspire that. With his contract running out, he could be available for a bargain price this January.

TBR’s view

Bitton is a reliable and experienced member of Celtic’s squad and Neil Lennon should give him a new contract. Even if he is just a back-up option, the 28-year-old provides versatility and a level-headed approach.

He is the type of player who could slot nicely into the Burnley team. If he gets an offer from England and a new contract offer, though, he should choose to stay where he is and reach the next level with the Bhoys.

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