Celtic have been approached with an offer for 'wantaway' defender Hatem Elhamed, according to reports.

The Israeli ace has struggled to settle in Glasgow and is hoping to be granted a transfer back home to be with his family. Celtic will hope to recoup the £1.6million spent on the player, and according to the Daily Record, an official bid has been lodged by Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

It has been reported that other Israeli clubs, including Maccabi Haifa are monitoring the situation.

Elhamed, 29, has made 15 appearances for the Hoops this season in all competitions but he has admitted to struggling to adapt to life in Scotland.

He said: "It is very difficult. My wife and son had a hard time adjusting to life in Scotland, for many reasons. My wife has a successful career in Israel. We thought she would work here but she did not get a permit. My son came here at five and had difficulties with the language and finding friends, so we thought it would be better for them to go back to Israel and visit me from time to time.

"Unfortunately the coronavirus has made that impossible. Life is different. I am used to more social life and the days pass more slowly than in Israel. I am alone here. I finish training and go straight home. I don't leave the house much - and it was like that before the virus."