Celtic transfer state of play as 4 names targeted and fringe players free to go

Celtic have targeted a deal for Peter Vindahl Jensen
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They say patience is a virtue. Well, the resolve of Celtic fans is certainly being tested as every day passes without a new signing.

The Hoops are now in their second full week back in pre-season and 24 days since the transfer window opened, there's no new faces at Lennoxtown. Judging by his comments on Friday night, Brendan Rodgers seems relatively relaxed over the situation. But the Northern Irishman did make it clear that he expects some business to be conducted before the champions fly out for their USA tour next week.

A new goalkeeper is top of his wishlist and as Football Scotland first revealed on June 6, Celtic have set their sights on Sparta Prague No1 Peter Vindahl Jensen. The Parkhead side face the difficult task of filling the gloves of the influential Joe Hart this summer and it's believed Jensen is their first-choice target.

The 6ft 4in Dane is contracted to a multi-year deal with the Czech giants, who are reluctant to sell. And that means the Double-winners will have to stump up a substantial fee to land the 26-year-old.

Celtic are also determined to seal the permanent transfer of Adam Idah and talks are ongoing with Norwich City after their initial £4million bid was thrown out. Crucially, Idah is keen on a return to Parkhead after a spectacular loan stint in Glasgow.

Similarly, negotiations are continuing with Benfica over the capture of Paulo Bernardo. Celts had an option to buy the Portugal Under-21 playmaker for around £6million but value the midfielder at closer to £3.5m. Bernardo doesn't feature in manager Roger Schmidt's plans this season but remains in Lisbon for now.

Rodgers is also keen to bolster his defensive options and has reportedly launched an approach for Burnley stopper Dara O’Shea. The Republic of Ireland international only arrived at Turf Moor from West Brom last summer and the Clarets still view him as a key player for the new season, despite suffering relegation from the Premier League. Burnley wouldn't be willing to part ways with the centre-back for any less than the £7m they paid last year.

As for outgoings, the champions are working towards reducing their bloated squad as they look to offload more fringe players. Sead Haksabanovic has already departed for Malmo, out-of-contract Rocco Vata joined Watford last week, while Marco Tilio has extended his loan stint with Melbourne City.

One player they won't want to lose though is Reo Hatate. The Japanese playmaker endured a tough year with injuries before returning to the fold for the business end of the campaign. Hatate has been a major success during his two-and-a-half years in Glasgow but told media in his homeland that he has ambitions of playing in one of Europe's elite leagues.

Goalkeeper Ben Siegrist was nowhere to be seen on Friday night as Celts kicked off pre-season with a 1-1 draw at Ayr United. Scott Bain, Tobi Oluwayemi and Josh Clarke were also given minutes between the sticks but former Dundee United No1 Siegrist wasn't involved. The Swiss keeper clearly has no future at Parkhead but with two years still to run on his contract, it remains to be seen whether another club would be able to match his salary demands to prise him away.

Defenders Gustaf Lagerbielke and Yuki Kobayashi have also been deemed surplus to requirements. Celts will attempt to recoup the £3m they paid Elfsborg for Lagerbielke last summer, while Kobayashi will likely return to the J-League. Forgotten man James McCarthy is completely out of the picture but could dig his heels in by seeing out the final year of his contract.

South Korea striker Oh Hyeongyu is a £4m target for Belgian side Genk and the Glasgow giants could put that money towards the re-signing of Irish hitman Idah.