CELTIC could become involved in a transfer tug-of-war if they are to step up their reported initial interest in Tunisia World Cup midfielder Aissa Laidouni.

The 26-year-old Ferenvcaros star was impressive for his country during their performances in the soccer showpiece in Qatar and played in the shock 1-0 Group D success over eventual runners-up France.

Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg have also been linked with Laidouni who is known to Ange Postecoglou after playing against the Hoops home and away in the Europa League last season.

The Hungarian club’s president Gabor Kubatov has admitted they are “open” to selling their top asset in next month’s transfer window.

Ferencvaros will clearly hope for a bidding war for Laidouni to get the best possible price for the experienced middle-of-the-park operator.

TOWER OF STRENGTH…Assai Laidouni in action against Kingsley Coman in Tunisia’s 1-0 World Cup win over France in Qatar.

Supremo Kubatov, speaking to local media Nemzeti Sport, said: “Many people are interested. We haven’t received a specific offer yet, but I’m sure it will come.

“He played at a very high level at the World Cup. And, if we receive an offer that is worth considering, we are open to negotiations.

“We have to find the right balance, too. If we can sell someone for good money, we can get more benefits from that. On the one hand, we can use the income to bring in new football players.”

Postecoglou has already fixed up Canada right-back Alistair Johnston and J-League central defender Yuki Kobayashi and their moves will be rubberstamped on January1 2023 when both players will be available for selection.

The Hoops gaffer has already hinted there could be more activity during the January Sales, but it remains to be seen if Laidouni is part of his plans.

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