Celtic in move for Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata, says Ronny Deila
Ronny Deila has said Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata is in talks with Celtic over joining the Hoops.
The Parkhead boss would like him to be brought in ahead of next season's crack at the Champions League.
A Celtic delegation of chief executive Peter Lawwell, Deila and John Collins met the 24-year-old centre-back in a Manchester hotel on Thursday night.
And although the manager remained coy on the prospects of landing Boyata, who has a year left on his City deal, he has identified the Belgian as the man to replace Jason Denayer when he returns to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
Deila, who watched his team draw 0-0 with St Johnstone in Perth at the weekend, said: "We are talking with a lot of players now and are trying to strengthen our squad. Boyata is one of those players.
"We will see if we can make it or not. I try to keep the conversation to myself until everything is done. You never know in football.
"What is positive is we are trying to get quality players to strengthen our team for next season.
"It can be hard but we want to get our business done early. We want to start up in late June having added some players to the squad."