Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has fuelled speculation linking him with a move for Stockport County starlet Josh Thompson.
The 18-year-old defender is in high demand from top clubs, with Manchester United also thought to be monitoring his progress.
However, Celtic have emerged as favourites for his signature and look set to take advantage of County's financial struggles with a move for the promising youngster.
"I've had him at a trial at West Brom so I know all about him," said Mowbray.
"I only put recommendations forward. Are we buying him? I think you should ask someone else. I don't know where negotiations are at.
"He's a very young player, 17 or he might have touched 18, but he is nowhere near our first team.
"He's just a talented young boy from a club that has hit a bit of financial difficulty.
"If it is something that can be done then I have no problem with that. If it can't then we will wish the young man good luck in his career and move on," he added.
Thompson was left out of the Hatters' squad in their 1-0 win over Grimsby Town at the weekend with boss Gary Ablett citing the speculation as his reason for the omission.