Celtic have made 21-year-old German midfielder Niklas Dorsch a January transfer target, The Telegraph report.
The paper says that Neil Lennon is looking to further strengthen the Hoops squad in the upcoming transfer window and that Dorsch has been identified as a potential arrival.
It’s reported that he has a release clause in his contract of €3.2 million (£2.76m) in his current contract at Bundesliga 2 side Heidenheim and that Celtic do not see that kind of fee as a barrier.
Any move for the player would perhaps call into question the futures of players such as Olivier Ntcham and Nir Bitton, both of whom are struggling to make it into the Hoops midfield as it is.
Who is Niklas Dorsch?
Dorsch learned his trade at Bayern Munich, emerging through their academy sides and even making a brief first-team breakthrough at the club. He scored on his senior debut for the club in a Bundesliga fixture against Frankfurt.
Unfortunately for the player, he didn’t seem to get the opportunities he needed to progress at the German giants.
In an interview with Bild earlier this year, quoted by The Telegraph, he said of his time at Bayern: “Leaving Bayern was absolutely the right decision. I definitely wanted out, even though I learned a lot in my time there.
“I played in only this one Bundesliga game at Bayern and still the message was that I should extend my contract but I told the front office, ‘No, not a chance.’ It was clear to me that I wanted to do something different. I never got a fair chance at Bayern, in my view.”
That’s an interesting insight into the player’s character and ambition to develop as a midfielder. Clearly he values regular football over potentially lucrative contracts.
He played 33 times for Heidenheim last season (Transfermarkt), helping them push towards taking a step up into the top-flight. They finished just two points behind the automatic promotion spots.
So far this season he’s made 13 appearances (Transfermarkt), with the German club again pushing towards the top end of the table, currently in sixth.
Apparently a more defensively minded midfielder than many of our central options, would he be brought in to directly compete with Scott Brown?
It’s an interesting potential deal to keep an eye on as we again approach another transfer window.