Celtic eye Groningen defender William Troost-Ekong

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CELTIC could raid Groningen for a second time this summer, with the Hoops reportedly preparing a bid for defender William Troost-Ekong.

The Hoops are keen to bolster their defence and 21-year-old Troost-Ekong is in the frame to follow former Groningen star Virgil van Dijk to Glasgow.

William Troost-Ekong in action for Dordrecht against Ajax. Picture: AFP/Getty

William Troost-Ekong in action for Dordrecht against Ajax. Picture: AFP/Getty

Celtic are expected to let van Dijk leave for big money, while Belgian centre half Jason Denayer is set to return to parent club Manchester City.

But Troost-Ekong - a former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur youth player with Netherlands Under-19 and Under-20 caps - has been earmarked as a potential replacement, having told Groningen bosses that he wants a return to the UK.

He has spent time on loan at Dordrecht, helping them secure promotion to the Eredivisie, and last year received an invitation to Nigeria’s Under-23 training camp after committing his international future to the Super Eagles.

Standing 6ft 3in, Troost-Ekong has made over 20 appearances for Dordrecht, where he is currently completing a second loan spell. He signed a four-year deal with Groningen in July 2013 after being released by Spurs.

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