Celtic transfer round-up as Paulo Bernardo wages make Benfica exit 'unlikely' as former target joins new club

Celtic continue to make their moves behind the scenes as they look to strengthen their squad for the new season.

Brendan Rodgers' recruitment team, as we told you, are hoping for a number of different positions to be filled with the likes of goalkeeper, left-back and striker all priorities. They also want Paulo Bernardo to sign a permanent deal but according to Correio da Manhã, there remains quite a wide gap between both parties' valuations.

The Hoops reportedly believe the €1million salary Bernardo currently allegedly makes is some way apart from their desire. But while they hope the midfielder would come down in wages, the same publication says Celts "would need a very good offer to convince him to give up on what he gets from Benfica".

Adam Idah could yet be allowed to move on from Norwich, meanwhile, with the Canaries' director of football Ben Knapper suggesting a number of their players will leave as part of a shakeup for new boss Johannes Hoff Thorup. That could mean the Irishman's price may come down to facilitate.

Left-sided centre-back is one spot they need and Carl Starfelt is a player that Celtic have considered returning to. Jose Fontan will return for pre-season with Celta Vigo - and that means Starfelt would find himself further down their pecking order.

It's believed that the Swede's wages could now prove too costly for the Scottish champions, but while unlikely, it's not impossible at this time.

Football Scotland can also exclusively reveal that Celtic had former Huddersfield midfielder Jack Rudoni on their shortlist of possible options before he joined Coventry late last week.

The talented playmaker was seen as an ideal Matt O'Riley replacement should the Danish international be allowed to depart. Of course, they'll now have to move onto their next option given the 23-year-old is no longer available.