Newcastle are reported to be monitoring 22 year-old Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, who moved to Celtic late last summer from Dinamo Zagreb in his home country Croatia, and he had been at the club for 10 years.
It’s interesting in the Mail report they say Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are after the 6ft 3ins center-back.
Aren’t we in the Championship this season?
22 year-old Celtic center-back Jozo Simunovic
The center-back has played for all the Croatian Youth sides including 9 caps at U-21 level, but he hasn’t yet been capped at full International level.
He almost moved to Torino last summer for £4M but the deal broke down after the Italian club had tried to change the way they would pay the £4M transfer fee.
But it seems they also raised concerns about a serious knee injury he had picked up last season, which had kept him from playing since last January and there were some reports he had failed his medical at Torino.
It turned out the center-back had been playing for six weeks with a broken bone in his knee, before it was fully diagnosed.
Jozo has played five games so far this season after he finally got back to full fitness.
Jozo Simunovic suffered a severe knee injury
This is what Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said about the player:
“He is a big talent.” “If you look at his profile, he is 6ft 3in, he is very dominant, strong, quick, can serve the ball and for a young player shows a wonderful mentality.”
“He is a player I really like and hopefully he can stay fit.”
Jozo played 76 times with 3 goals for Dinamo Zagreb and he has so far played 23 times with one goal for Celtic.
What do you think?