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Celtic must seal January deal for Daizen Maeda

Things are looking increasingly on the up for Celtic under the leadership of Ange Postecoglou, with the Bhoys currently being on a run of five consecutive victories in all competitions.

However, should the Hoops boss wish to give his side the best possible chance of reclaiming their Premiership crown come the end of the season, it would appear wise for him to consider bringing in some fresh faces during the January transfer window.

Indeed, this is a belief which would appear to be shared by Postecoglou himself, with the manager recently revealing that he is already working on a number of deals ahead of the winter market.

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Speaking about his January transfer plans, the 56-year-old said: “It’s no secret we still need to add to the squad. We were never going to do it in one transfer window, especially when you look at the significant exits we had.

“It was always going to be a two or three window process so we’re looking at January at the moment. We know the areas we need to bolster. It’s about getting more players that I believe can play the type of football we want to play. That’s what we’re trying to target. We will definitely be adding something to the squad.

“We’ve identified targets and begun discussions before we get to January so that we can conclude deals a lot quicker than we did in the previous window.”

Once such player Postecoglou is believed to have identified is Yokohama F Marinos centre-forward Daizen Maeda, with The Times reporting that Celtic already have a move lined up for the 24-year-old.

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Considering how impressive the Japan international has been so far this season, it would indeed appear as if Maeda is a player for whom Michael Nicholson simply must secure a deal in January.

Indeed, over his 31 J-League appearances this term, the £990k-rated marksman has scored a whopping 17 goals, registered three assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.4 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.

These returns have seen the striker average a SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Yokohama F Marinos’ 11th-best performer in the Japanese top flight.

As such, it seems clear to see that Maeda is a player who is more than capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis. Also, with Celtic having parted ways with a prolific centre-forward in Odsonne Edouard, this summer, perhaps the 24-year-old can be the man to replace the Frenchman’s goals in the Celtic attack.

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