Celtic in talks with AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas

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Celtic are on the cusp of a historic achievement.

After securing a ninth consecutive league title, the Bhoys have aspirations have finishing a decade of dominance by making it 10 in a row.

Should that happen, Neil Lennon will deserve all the plaudits that come his way.

That said, such an achievement is far from a formality.

Rangers FC will be determined to spoil the party, and with Steven Gerrard hoping to see his side improve further next term, we're likely to see a much closer title race this time around.

If Celtic are to reach 10 in a row, the chances are that they'll need to bolster their squad in the transfer market, and according to reports, that's something that they're close to doing.

Reports from Greek outlet Sport Time claim that Celtic are close to agreeing personal terms for Vasilis Barkas.

The 26-year-old, who plays for AEK Athens, is reported to be a target for the Bhoys this summer but have been told they'll have to pay £5million for his services.

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It's claimed that Celtic's first offer was rejected but that talks have progressed to one around personal terms should the two clubs be able to strike a deal.

The Greek international would certainly be a strong addition to Neil Lennon's side as his search for a goalkeeper goes on.

Stoppers including Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and Freddie Woodman have all been linked, however if reports are to be believe it seems that Barkas seems to be the most advanced option in terms of negotiations.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This could be a big boost for Celtic.

The search for a goalkeeper is a top priority this summer following the departure of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon.

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Neil Lennon desperately needs options between the stick and an international like Vasilis Barkas would certainly fit the bill.

If the quoted £5million price is to be believed, there's a question mark as to whether they would be willing to pay that sort of sum for a player.

However, given his credentials at international level you'd think that he'd be a solid addition.

With preliminary talks taking place over personal terms, it's a deal that could have legs.

If that's the case we should hear something over the coming days.

But if the two sides are too far apart in terms of a transfer fee then it could be a case of going back to the drawing board for the Bhoys as they look to sign a stopper before the start of the new season.

But with time ticking away, the club will need to move quickly to get something agreed.

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