Many Celtic fans may recognise the name Niklas Dorsch from not too long ago.
The German midfielder was named as a Neil Lennon target by The Telegraph back in November.
The paper also reported that the 21-year-old had a €3.2million release clause in his contract with Heidenheim – something which Celtic didn’t see as a barrier in any move.
While there was never any comments on the interest from anyone inside Celtic Park, the German second tier club did speak about the future of one of their most influential players.
Heidenheim chief executive Holger Sanwald was quoted in the Scottish Sun as saying: “We’ve not had an approach from an agent, a club, nor the player himself about moving clubs.”
Pretty telling you would think. But that was only the third day in January.
Dorsch looks far away from moving to Celtic
Since then, though, there has been nothing in the way of speculation about Dorsch.
The former Bayern Munich youngster is still with his club side as they prepare for the restart of their league season – on January 29th against Stuttgart.
Dorsch played the entirety of their friendly win over Swiss outfit Lugano on Tuesday night. If he was looking to move on this month, he could have made it more obvious.
The likelihood, of course, is that we won’t be signing Dorsch this month. We may never even know whether our interest was genuine or not.
But the fact remains that we need to add to our options in the middle of the park.
Ismaila Soro is the obvious contender to do that. But even on top of him, we could probably do with one more.