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Transfer Focus: Christopher Jullien capture would launch new defensive era at Celtic

Celtic are interested in signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien this summer, according to French media outlet L’Equipe.

What’s the story?

With the roster of defenders available to Neil Lennon in dire shape ahead of important European qualifiers, the Hoops need to move quickly at the start of this transfer window to deliver the players they require to maintain success at Celtic Park.

The club appear to be getting closer to delivering on some targets though, with L’Equipe reporting that they are eyeing up a move for 6 ft 5 centre-back Christopher Jullien.

The paper reckon that he’s even had a visit to Glasgow to check out the facilities at Lennoxtown, with a bid of €8m to €10m (£7.1m to £8.9m) needed to secure his signature.

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Statement of intent

If Celtic do spend that much money on one of their problem positions this summer it will be a real statement of intent from the club that they won’t be messing about when it comes to delivering even more success next season.

No other club in Scotland can make signings at that level and seeing a physically commanding defender with excellent experience, in his prime, arrive in Glasgow would certainly make waves.

In Dedryck Boyata, Celtic have just lost a Belgian international to Hertha Berlin, significantly weakening their defensive line.

Jullien has 99 Ligue 1 appearances to his name so has been playing at a good level for a while now and would be a clear replacement, ushering in a new defensive era at the club.

It could even be argued it’s a signing that shows Celtic have ambitions beyond Scottish football, with a player of that pedigree surely signed with one eye on European progression.

If the deal can be delivered, Hoops fans will be ecstatic.

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