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Celtic: Hoops begin talks for Ko Itakura

Celtic: Hoops begin talks for Ko Itakura -Celtic

Celtic have opened talks with Manchester City for defender Ko Itakura, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.

The Lowdown: Itakura profiled

Itakura is 24 years of age and is into the final 12 months of his Etihad contract.

The Japan international, who is primarily a centre-back but can also play as a holding midfielder, is yet to make a senior appearance for City.

Itakura has spent the last two seasons on loan at Dutch side FC Groningen and has been described as ‘incredibly fast’ during his time in the Netherlands.

He is on £10,000-a-week in Manchester.

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The Latest: Celtic talks

According to Konur, ‘Celtic have started official talks’ with City over a potential move.

Konur also claims that the Hoops have made direct contact with the player, who is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans.

The journalist shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, which is available to view here.

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The Verdict: Sign

Another centre-back appears to be needed at Parkhead this summer.

Carl Starfelt and Osaze Urhoghide have already arrived, however, Ange Postecoglou only has Stephen Welsh alongside the pair, with Christopher Jullien out injured.

Having five senior centre-backs should be enough for Postecoglou throughout the season, and the manager could then allow Urhoghide and possibly Welsh to feature regularly for Celtic B when Jullien returns.

Itakura would also give Postecoglou an option in front of the back four if needed, so his versatility could come in handy.

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