Celtic are set to rebuff an approach from Leeds United to sign their central midfielder Tom Rogic, TEAMtalk understands.
The 23-year-old midfielder is emerging as one of Steve Evans’ major January targets after a long run in Celtic’s starting line-up this season.
The Whites are reportedly preparing an opening £700,000 bid for a player who cost the Scottish Premiership champions £400,000 in January 2013. It is understood the Whites value the player at up to £1million – but that is likely to fall well below Celtic’s own valuation of the Australian.
Rogic – a player who Leeds see as a natural number 10 – has re-emerged at Celtic Park on the back of two-and-a-half mixed years in Glasgow.
The player moved to Scotland from Australia in January 2013 but his initial impact was restricted by injury and Celtic sent him on loan to Melbourne Victory in 2014.
But he has started all but three of Celtic’s league matches this season, and scored five goals, to make himself a key part of their plans.
Evans refused to comment on Rogic when asked by the YEP but we understand any bid for the player is likely to met with a negative response from Celtic.
United have so far completed two deals in the January window, landing Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland and Mustapha Carayol on loan from Middlesbrough, but Evans said last week that he was looking for as many as three more recruits.
Rogic spent his earliest years in the Australian leagues and was playing for Central Coast Mariners when Celtic moved into sign him. He has been capped 13 times by Australia’s national side.