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Celtic target Omar Colley could be Lennon’s next Van Dijk

Celtic do not appear to be done bolstering Neil Lennon’s backline just yet if emerging reports are to be believed…

What’s the word?

According to Sky Sports, the Scottish Premiership champions have made an enquiry for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley over a potential summer switch to Parkhead.

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It’s claimed that the Hoops are yet to offer a concrete bid for the 27-year-old with the Serie A outfit putting a £10m price tag on him, although they could be open to negotiating that.

Lennon has already brought in Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton but he seemingly wants more additions in that department.

Lennon’s next VVD?

Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, Colley is a rather imposing presence at the back and given Kristoffer Ajer’s dubious future in Glasgow, he could be an ideal alternative.

Per WhoScored, the Sampdoria star averaged 4.8 clearances, 2.8 aerial duels won and 1.4 tackles per game in the Serie A last season. He also displayed his ball-playing abilities, managing 44 passes per match at a success rate of over 80%.

He very much appears to be in the same mould to that of a certain Virgil van Dijk, who Lennon signed for the Bhoys back in 2013.

What makes him an even more interesting prospect at Celtic Park is his experience at the very top, he’s played two seasons in the Italian top-flight and has made a Europa League quarter-final with Genk.

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Celtic are yet to break the £10m for a signing in their entire history, but should Ajer depart Glasgow before October, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t break that record for Colley.

A backline involving Duffy, Colley and Christopher Jullien would certainly be one way to get over their Champions League heartbreak whilst if the Hoops manage to land a player half as good as VVD, then they’re onto a huge winner.

AND in other news, Celtic teen can be the ideal heir to skipper Scott Brown…

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