Celtic have opened talks with midfield star Beram Kayal in a bid to fend off interest from a number of English clubs.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a superb debut season at Celtic after arriving from Maccabi Haifa last summer.
The likes of Aston Villa and Bolton have been credited with an interest in the Israeli international, but Celtic are ready to offer him a lucrative contract extension to keep him at Parkhead.
"Celtic spoke with me this week and we have opened negotiations on a new contract," Kayal told the Daily Record.
"Last season I received quite a few offers but I told all the clubs I want to be at Celtic. It's very important to me that myself and Celtic are satisfied with my new deal.
"I have a new agent now and I expect him to tie up my new deal. It's nice to get other proposals but it is most important for me to stay."