Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos has dropped a transfer hint amid a reported battle with Celtic for ex-Dundee United player Ryan Gauld.

The attacking midfielder is a free agent after an outstanding season in Portugal’s Liga Nos with Farense. Celtic have been linked with moving for Gauld but Vancouver Whitecaps are believed to be leading the race.

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Gauld has been linked with Celtic but Canada looks likely. (Photo by Paulo Nascimento/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Playing in the MLS, the former Dundee United midfielder has been offered a big-money deal worth £2 million per-year to swap continents, according to reports. Now Dos Santos has confirmed Vancouver are close to an exciting signing, which will likely be Gauld, it is thought.

He said (SAP): “There’s one we’re incredibly close to, one we’d be incredibly disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”

Gauld burst onto the scene as a teenager at Dundee United, earning himself a move to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon. The transfer didn’t work out as he’d hoped but Gauld has since put himself into Scotland national team contention with Farense.

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