The Lowdown: Kobayashi links
Reports towards the end of October suggested that the Hoops were in talks with Vissel Kobe over a move for Kobayashi. The club are hoping to sign the 22-year-old during the January transfer window, with the player’s current contract set to expire over the coming months.
It looks as if Celtic have made good progress in discussions with the J1 League side, with Kobayashi potentially becoming the latest Japanese player to move to Glasgow.
The Latest: Journalist’s claim
He claimed that ‘Kobayashi to Celtic is a done deal’ and congratulated the Hoops for signing ‘an excellent player’.
The Verdict: Exciting
Kobayashi appears to be a clever player for his age, with A-League writer Sacha Pisani hailing the defender, saying that he is ‘good in the air’ and ‘reads/anticipates game well’.
It could turn out to be another shrewd move by the Hoops, and if Kobayashi can have a similar sort of impact to Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate at Parkhead, then you’d expect that a transfer will be looked back on as a good one by everyone involved at the club.
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