RONNY Deila warns Southampton that Virgil van Dijk is not for sale; Rangers secure Spurs duo Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball, plus more news and gossip in Thursday’s Rumour Mill
Deila: Celtic do not need to sell van Dijk
CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has reportedly sent a strong message to warn Southampton off their pursuit for Virgil van Dijk.
Deila was quoted on BBC Scotland as saying that Celtic do not need to sell the defender.
Southampton is the latest Premier League club who has expressed an interest in the former FC Groningen player. (Insidefutbol.com)
- Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly still confident he can secure Virgil van Dijk for £10 million before the transfer window closes.
Koeman believes he will finalise the deal, even if Celtic manage to reach the Champions League group stages. (Daily Record)
Rangers secure Tottenham duo Oduwa and Ball
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has reportedly clinched a double loan deal for Spurs youngsters Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball.
The pair are rumoured to have travelled to Glasgow on Wednesday evening and will undergo medicals today before signing their new contracts.
Warburton reportedly missed out on signing Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, who has now secured a first team spot at White Hart Lane this season. (Daily Record)
Aberdeen target Josh Parker on loan
Aberdeen are reportedly trying to secure Red Star Belgrade forward Josh Parker on loan.
Despite having signed a two year deal with the Serbian club in January, Dons boss Derek McInnes is apparently hopeful they can secure the services of the Antigua and Barbuda international. (Press and Journal)
Celtic have ‘concrete’ interest in Brandon Mechele
Celtic have a ‘concrete’ interest in Brandon Mechele, his agent Guy Bonny has reportedly confirmed.
The Club Brugge centre-back has been a Celtic target since early this year, and continues to be linked with a Parkhead move amid speculation that Virgil van Dijk is set to leave. (Daily Record)
Dean Shiels backs John Eustace for Rangers move
Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels has reportedly voiced his support for John Eustace to move to Ibrox.
Eustace, 35, is rumoured to be linked with a move to the Glasgow side ahead of next season with Shiels backing him as the ‘father figure’ leader Mark Warburton’s squad needs.
Shiels previously played against Eustace in the English second tier and trained with him at Murray Park. (Evening Times)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Lee Miller is training with Falkirk while the fomrer Aberdeen and Kilmarnock striker looks for a new club. (The Scotsman)
• West Brom have made another bid for Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall after their initial £4.5 million bid was rejected. (Daily Mail)
• 21-year-old striker Dylan Easton has been released by St Johnstone. (Various)