Celtic ‘should’ be able to seal deals for Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda next month, Pete O’Rourke has told Give Me Sport.
The Scottish Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan reported a month ago that Celtic’s move for Kawasaki Frontale’s Hatate was at an advanced stage, with the player informing team-mates that he was bound for Glasgow.
Meanwhile, reports in Japan have indicated that a fee in excess of €1m (£844,000) has been agreed with Gamba Osaka for midfielder Ideguchi, and Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph told Celtic supporters earlier in December that the pursuit of Yokohama F Marinos forward Maeda was ongoing.
O’Rourke has said that Ange Postecoglou and Celtic see opportunities in the Japanese market after the success of summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi, who is joint-second in the Premiership scoring charts.
The journalist was speaking to Give Me Sport about the Hoops’ links with the aforementioned trio from the Far East and rounded off his response with an exciting three-word claim:
“Postecoglou obviously knows these players from his time in the J1 League and they’ve had success with Kyogo Furuhashi following his arrival in the summer. He’s been a big hit up at Celtic Park as well.
“I’m not saying these deals are straightforward but they should happen.”
When you tot up the Transfermarkt valuations of the three players – £720,000 each for Hatate and Ideguchi and £990,000 for Maeda – it only comes to £2.43m, so you wouldn’t say Postecoglou is asking an awful lot.
Clearly Celtic believe that, after snapping up Furuhashi for £4.6m, there is plenty of bargain potential in Japan.
If the triple swoop is indeed viable, perhaps the test for the Hoops is completing it well in advance of their next game against Hibernian on 17 January. That will allow new players valuable time to acclimatise to their new surroundings and to adapt to Postecoglou’s demands.
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