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Celtic make seven-figure offer for 19-year-old defender – report

Celtic have made a seven-figure offer for Lens centre-back Jean-Kevin Duverne, according to a report.

French news outlet L’Equipe have reported on their website on Saturday that the Hoops have made an offer worth £4.8million to the French Ligue 2 club to bring in the 19-year-old.

The teenager is highly rated in France after making his debut for the Lens first team in August 2016.

He played in 40 matches in total for Lens in all competitions last season and played a big part in the club’s fourth placed finish.

Celtic, meanwhile had Erik Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic occupying their two centre-back positons for the majority of the last campaign.

However, Brendan Rodgers may see Duverne as a player with a greater ceiling than the two aforementioned and he may also believe that the youngster can go on to play in the Champions League.

Duverne has two years remaining on his contract at Lens and if he does make the move to Celtic then the Hoops will be hoping for similar success to another young French player they brought in last summer in the form of forward Moussa Dembele.

Our verdict:

Duverne is not too well known outside of France, but if he is being linked with a move to Celtic at his age there must be something about him. The player became a regular for a Lens team fighting for promotion at just 19, showing that he has some ability and he could develop further. Celtic will also have trust in their scouting staff for spotting the youngster and they will let Rodgers know if he is read to make the step up or not. Therefore, if Duverne has been recommended to the Hoops for a cost of upwards of £4million then he must have some talent and could bring some excitement with him.

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