Sevilla have turned down Celtic’s bid to sign defender Andreas Hinkel on loan.
Hinkel is eager to leaave Sevilla after growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities.
Celtic,, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen their defensive options after losing Mark Wilson, Jean-Joel Perrier, and John Kennedy to long-term injuries.
“Our answer was negative as Hinkel will only leave the club in a sale,” Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodriguez told the Scottish Sun.
“We want to receive bids for him and if that happens there could still be movement.”
Hinkel has informed Sevilla he wants to leave and he is still hoping to secure a switch to Celtic.
“I came here to play but that has become impossible because Daniel Alves is in my position,” said Hinkel. “I have told the club that I’d like to move and, of course, Celtic would be perfect for me.
“It is a club with great history and they are in the last 16 of the Champions League again.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone from Celtic yet but I know the position and it would be a favourable move for me.”