Scottish champions Celtic have rejected a £3million move for Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose from Greek giants Olympiacos.
According to dailymail.co.uk, the Greek league leaders enquired over the Nigerian’s availability with a view to concluding a deal before the close of the transfer window.
Scouring Europe for central defensive reinforcements, new Olympiacos coach Vitor Pereira is also showing interest in Portuguese defender Bruno Alves and West Brom’s Joleen Lescott.
But he faces further disappointment with Ambrose after Parkhead coach Ronny Deila resolved to keep hold of his first-team regulars in the current window.
The stopper had been linked with West Ham and Crystal Palace during Celtic’s winter trip to Gran Canaria, but the Norwegian shot down suggestions of an exit then when he said: “Efe is going to stay. That’s not true.”
Faced with a League Cup semi-final against Rangers and a Europa League last-32 clash with Inter Milan, Deila has set his sights on a domestic clean sweep and has asked the Celtic board to repel all moves for his top players.
Fellow defender Virgil van Dijk is also wanted by Sunderland and Southampton, while Leeds have been eyeing a move for striker Anthony Stokes.