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Celtic chasing Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji

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Celtic are reportedly hot on the trail of Senegal international Papy Djilobodji. The 6ft 4in defender is currently plying his trade with Nantes of Ligue 1 in France and is keen on a move to pastures new. Ronny Deila has been very proactive already in this summers transfer market and is still casting his scouting net far and wide for fresh talent.

However, the Scandanavian is not alone in his admiration for the towering centre-half, as Sunderland appear to be taking a close look at the player via L'Equipe. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is looking to reconstruct a squad that narrowly avoided relegation last season, and the Dutchman has also been promised funds by the board to do so.

If this is the case, it would be very prudent of Celtic to act swiftly to secure the African's signature, or else risk engaging in a bidding war with a team that has secured another season in the money-spinning English Premier League - of which Celtic cannot compete. 

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Van Djik replacement?

There is, unusually, reason to believe there could be a soloution - that in turn would be a win-win for both parties aforementioned. It is no secret that for quite some time now, Sunderland have been pursuing Celtic's star defender and top talent, Virgil Van Djik.

The player himself has admitted he would like to try his hand in England's top-flight, and whilst some of the Hoops faithful would be sad to see the back of him, the club would see an enormous return for a player they splashed out £2.6 million pounds on back in 2013 from Groningen. 

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Fellow Dutchman Advocaat is also a fan of Van Djik, and should Peter Lawwell manage to reach a fee which he deems appropriate for one of the club's star men, it would then leave Papy Djilobodji free to be persuaded into a move to Parkhead. This would mean Celtic get their man, while securing a hefty profit on Virgil Van Djik, and Sunderland bolster their defence for another Premier League season.

Everyones a winner.

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