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The 20-year-old forward is out of contract with the Portuguese side and could make the permanent switch to Parkhead after initially joining the club on a trial basis

By Paul Clennam

Celtic are lining up a deal for highly-rated Benfica youngster Sancidino Silva, Goal understands.

The 20-year-old has arrived in the United Kingdom and is set to join the Scottish Premiership club on trial with a view to a permanent move.

The youth product of the Portuguese giants is out of contract at Estadio da Luz and has turned down offers of a new deal to stay with the club.

A host of clubs have been monitoring the Guinea-Bissau international, with Greek side Olympiakos and Turkish outfit Besiktas both making offers for the forward.

But a move to the UK is understood to appeal to Silva, who sources close to the player say is excited about the challenge of linking up with Celtic and is confident of completing a move to Parkhead.

Silva would not require a work permit to play in Scotland, as he has a Portuguese passport.

Celtic kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign against KR Reykjavik of Iceland at Parkhead on July 15.