The Daily Record have been linking Norway skipper, Omar Elabdellaoui, with a move to Parkhead for some time. Today, the newspaper has revealed that the Olympiacos full back has received offers from a clutch of European big-hitters after confirming he will leave the Greek giants imminently.
Celtic were linked with a move for the former Manchester City star, who can play right back and right midfield, last summer and in January. Elabdellaoui remained in Greece and is about to captain unbeaten Olympiacos to the Greek title, but he will depart the once the club completes their Europa League Round of 16, second leg tie with Wolves in August.
The 28-year-old has already attracted plenty of interest across Europe and he was not shy in making that known, as the Record reported.
Elabdellaoui said: “I will sign a small extension so I can complete the league season and play in Europe in August, then leave. I’m open to where my next move will be. My priority is to play at a high level and be at a club with European football. It goes without saying that there are quite a few opportunities for me.”
The Norwegian’s agent also spoke publicly, stating: “We are in dialogue with many teams in Europe. Omar is captain of both club and his national team and has led the only team in Europe, so far undefeated in the league, and is well on his way to taking his fourth title success. He is playing the best football of his career and the interest in him is massive.”
The arrivals of Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd El-Hamed make the need for a right back unimportant at Celtic. Although, the versatility of El-Hamed could see him adopted at centre half, whilst the full back area in general is a tad lighter on options with the departure of Jonny Hayes. Regardless, any move for Elabdellaoui will be met with stiff competition, effectively putting a stop to this transfer rumour.