Chelsea to announce transfer of reliable defender

Celtic have stolen a march on rivals to be in pole position for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas.

For most Chelsea fans out there, this might come as a shocker, but Kalas is Blues longest-serving player.

The six.-foot defender may be completed shadowed, but his terrific showoffs so far at Championship side Bristol City has wormed him out into limelight.

Celtic failed to snap a Champions League spot this campaign, and are looking to beef up their side as they aim a return to the elite competition next season.

Neil Lennon has sounded out the need to strengthen their defensive wall. Lennon held talks with the Hoops head of recruitment Lee Congerton this week, discussing ways to bolster their side’s defensive department.

Kalas, 25, is reportedly being eyed by Celtic. But the Glasgow outfit are not the only ones chasing him for his services. Bitter rivals Rangers have been credited too.

Managing just two Premier League starts since he was flogged by Sigma Olomouc in 2010 to Chelsea, Kalas has been farmed out seven times.

But he’s managed to steal the headlines with some good moves at Bristol City in his tallying appearance for the side which is now standing at 34.

Kalas is strong-willed and confident–some of the few extras he has hidden under the hood. The 25-year-old joined Chelsea for a reported 5.2 million pounds in 2010.