Manchester United weighing up bid for SPL star

Despite claims from manager Neil Lennon that the club will resist selling their top players, Celtic star Emilio Izaguirre continues to attract the attention of Manchester United.

The reigning Premier League champions have been linked with the Honduran defender for the past year but a move has so far failed to materialize.

Patrice Evra currently occupies the role of left-back at Old Trafford but at the age of 30, it’s questionable as to how much longer the Frenchman can continue to perform at the top of his game.

Izaguirre has made a big name for himself in the Scottish Premier League since arriving in 2010 and is well-known to opposition defences as a full-back who’s more than capable of helping out in attack.

The 26 year-old has made only 13 appearances for Celtic this season due to a broken ankle he picked up last August.

That being said, the Central American has made an inspirational return to the Hoops’ line-up and continues to be surrounded by transfer speculation.

Leighton Baines has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks but Izaguirre could ultimately prove easier to tempt away from his current club, who play in an entirely different league to United.

Izaguirre originally moved to Celtic in 2010 for a fee of just £600,000 and has seen his stock skyrocket since then.

Should the defender move on this summer, he would be expected to command a price-tag of around £7m whereas Baines’ cost could be as much as double that at £14m, making Izaguirre the more economical option.

It has been confirmed that current Red Devil, Fabio, will be moving to Benfica on loan next campaign, shortening the defensive reinforcements at United and increasing the need for a fresh face.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.