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Celtic target World Cup ace while NI defender set to leave Rangers as English duo linked: Old Firm transfer rumours

Celtic are keen on landing a Uruguayan playmaker as Rangers' search for another defensive option is proving difficult, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The Scottish Sun report that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on landing 24-year-old Giorgian de Arrascaeta, who played in his side's victories over Egypt and Russia at the World Cup finals. The Cruzeiro player, however, could cost as much as £18m, having scored 16 goals in 73 games for his Brazilian club. The article claims Rodgers sent scouts to watch the player earlier this year but that the Hoops face competition from Newcastle, who are willing to break their £16m transfer record to land a new attacking midfielder.

Staying with Celtic and the Daily Record claim that Mikey Johnston could be offered as a makeweight in the club's much-publicised pursuit of Hibs' John McGinn. The report claims bids of £1.5m and £2m have already been rejected for the Scotland international but that winger Johnston could arrive at Easter Road on loan in an attempt to get the deal over the line. Johnston has also been linked with moves to Aberdeen and St Mirren.

Meanwhile, Rangers continue to be frustrated in their attempts to sign Millwall defender Jake Cooper, according to Sky Sports and Talksport presenter Jim White. He claims that the Gers have now made four bids for the 23-year-old former England Under 19 international but that his current club are adamant he won't be sold.

Should they fail in their attempts to land Cooper, the club are already preparing a back-up plan in the form of Blackpool's Curtis Tilt, according to the Scottish Sun. The article claims that the 26-year-old, who arrived at Bloomfield Road from Forest Green Rovers just 12 months ago, would be made available for £1m.

Going the other direction out of Ibrox could be Northern Irish full-back Lee Hodson. He started only five Scottish Premiership games last term and has, according to the Scottish Sun, been told he is not in new boss Steven Gerrard's plans. St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs, however, may offer the 26-year-old a route to regular top tier football after the Paisley side's promotion.

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