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AFTER A LONG WAIT, HOOPS POISED FOR CASH BONANZA

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CELTIC are set for a massive transfer windfall as Manchester City prepare a £70million bid for Virgil van Dijk next month.

Etihad boss Pep Guardiola is ready to make his big-money move for the Southampton defender as he bids to strengthen the Premier League leaders’ squad.

The classy Dutch international central defender, who was sold to the Saints for £13million in August 2015, has also been consistently linked with Liverpool and Chelsea and looks certain to move in the next transfer window.

The Hoops inserted a sell-on claus when Van Dijk left Parkhead and can expect something in the region of £7million when a deal is finally put in place.

Tellingly Southampton, who fought hard to keep the former Celt in the summer, now seem prepared to cash in on their star asset.

A bidding war in January can only be good news for Celtic who themselves are in the market for an experienced central defender.

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