Celtic are on the verge of signing Uruguayan international Diego Laxalt from AC Milan, Sky Sports report.

The broadcaster believes the left-back is on his way to London to complete a medical before being announced as Neil Lennon’s sixth signing of the transfer window.

Reports emerged from Italy last night that he was arriving at Celtic Park on a season-long loan (Di Marzio).

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Celtic target Diego Laxalt

Celtic target Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

However, in a pleasing twist, Sky Sports report that Celtic are trying to negotiate the option of a permanent transfer into the move.

That may prove difficult at such short notice, but it’s a route we’ve used before when bringing talents like Odsonne Edouard to the club.

Reporter Anthony Joseph believes Milan are looking for a fee of as much as £9m for the player.

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Laxalt has been a prominent player in Italy for seven years following a switch from his homeland. He’s made 170 Serie A appearances in total for Milan, Genoa, Torino, Empoli and Bologna.

Also winning 24 caps with Uruguay and playing a big part in their World Cup run two years ago, there’ll be an expectation he has the quality to make a massive impact in the Scottish Premiership.

He played all 90 minutes of the South American nation’s tournament wins over Russia and Portugal, as they progressed to the quarter-final before defeat to France.

Celtic have been on the hunt for a left wing-back option since Boli Bolingoli’s secret trip to Spain and subsequent loan.

Celtic target Diego Laxalt

Celtic target Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

With just Greg Taylor available we need more competition and, for some supporters, an outright upgrade on the former Kilmarnock player.

Laxalt looks like a quality acquisition and, hopefully, he finds the form he showed at Genoa before his £13m switch to Milan.

Getting this one over the line would be a fine end to a brilliant transfer window.

In other news, Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed a third bid from Celtic was lodged for Alfie Doughty.

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