DAIZEN MAEDA will join Celtic on a first loan in January with a view to making a permanent switch next summer, according to reports.
Yokohama forward F. Marinos has been linked with a move to Parkhead as boss Ange Postecoglou looks to recruit another star he knows from the J-League after Kyogo Furuhashi’s success.
The 24-year-old has previously admitted that he is aware of Celtic’s interest and has made public his desire to move abroad, having spent time on loan at Maritimo in Portugal in 2019-2020.
According to Yahoo Japan, talks are now in the final stages between the Hoops and the Japanese club.
It is also reported that Maeda will join on loan before a permanent Â£ 1.5million transfer is completed in the summer window.
They also say there is a “strong possibility” that Maeda’s work permit will be speeded up due to his involvement with the Japanese national team at the Olympics and recent summons to their main team.
Maeda said, “I want to leave the results in Japan and go back overseas if I get the chance.”
The forward scored his 23rd league goal of the season in the J-League top scorer’s race against Kawasaki Frontale earlier this morning.
Another Celtic goal, Reo Hatate, also played in the 1-1 draw, starting in a broad midfield role.
A third J-League star Yosuke Ideguchi has also been the subject of a reported transfer offer from the Parkhead club.
japanese exit Hochi say the Gamba Osaka midfielder has made his way on Celtic’s scouting radar.
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He played 29 times for Osaka in the last J League season, which would have made an impression on Postecoglou and his Parkhead scouting squad.
The Hoops boss has already confirmed he will look into his former league for potential deals in January.
He said: âYes, this is one of the markets that we will be looking at.
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âObviously I know that and they will be coming to the end of their season, which is a good time if there is someone who will fit into our setup.
âWe are going to look everywhere. The last window was frantic. This time around, we want to make sure we plan well in advance.
“We have already identified goals and started discussions before arriving in January so that we can close deals much faster than we did in the previous window.”
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