Celtic are heavily linked with signing Shane Duffy from Brighton as Lennon has reportedly already spoke to the big physical defender about a loan move to the Scottish Champions.

It has been widely reported that Celtic are in the market for a big strong defender since losing former Celtic player Simunovic during the summer, it has been confirmed by the media that both Lennon and Duffy have discussed a deal that would see the Brighton bench warmer make the loan move to his boyhood club.

However, a deal could still be a while off as both clubs will need to agree on a loan fee and how much wages Celtic are prepared to contribute to the CB’s salary.

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Celtic are locked in a battle with West Ham, West Brom and Burnley for Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy.

The Parkhead club are close to securing a £5million deal for Albian Ajeti after the Swiss striker flew into Glasgow on Wednesday morning.

And Sportsmail understands no nonsense defender Duffy discussed a one year loan deal with Neil Lennon earlier this week.

Under contract until 2023, the 28-year-old is keen on a season in the SPFL. However, a deal remains a long way off and depends on the clubs finding a compromise over a loan fee and wages.

There are numerous clubs that want Duffy aswell, West Ham, West Brom and Burnley all are keen on bringing the Irish player to their clubs also, Celtic have the added bonus of being the club that Duffy has supported since childhood.

Celtic fans are crying out for this type of signing as the club haven’t signed a big strong brute of a defender in a long time, these kind of signings can transform a squad for the better.

The Scottish Champions seem to be getting the deals done as Lennon has already secured Barkas and Elyounoussi with Ajeti ready to complete a £5 million move today.