The owner of FC Utrecht has confirmed to The Scottish Sun that Celtic made a bid to sign Gyrano Kerk during the January transfer window.
Frans van Seumeren claimed at the end of the window that a bid for the 24-year-old winger was rejected.
He told the Scottish Sun: “Lots of clubs asked about Kerk, but they never turned into actual offers. The only club who made a concrete bid was Celtic.”
Now the player himself has claimed that he had no intention of leaving the Dutch club during the January transfer window.
Kerk told The Scottish Sun: “It never went through my mind to leave the club last month. I’m not at the stage where I was desperate to move or anything.
“After the end of the season, I will probably make the next step and it has always been a big dream of mine to play in English football.
“I think the way they play there would suit me.”
Kerk is thought to be valued in the region of £3.5 million (Daily Record).
Although Celtic missed out on his services in January, the back end of his interview does suggest a summer switch isn’t out of the question.
The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and registered seven assists this season, with Utrecht sat seventh in Eredivisie.
Neil Lennon managed to add two players to his squad during the transfer window. Ismaila Soro and Patryk Klimala bolstered the ranks and the summer might see a busier period on that front.
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It seems unlikely that Kerk will earn a summer move to an English club, particularly one in the top-flight.
That could see Celtic re-enter with another bid for the player and he’s shown the sort of form that could see him excel in Scotland.
At 24 there is still plenty of time for him to make a future switch to England and performing at Celtic would help him do that.
Kerk is versatile to the point where he can play on either flank or in attack and it’ll be interesting to see if Celtic do go back in for him.