Celtic are continuing their talks to bring Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by Anthony Joseph, with the Sky Sports journalist stating in a post on Twitter that Ange Postecoglou’s side are still locked in negotiations with both Yokohama F Marinos and Gamba Osaka concerning moves for the centre-forward and central midfielder, with Celtic hoping to secure deals for the duo early on in the winter market.
In his tweet, Joseph said: “Celtic are also continuing talks in their pursuit of Yokohama F Marinos forward Daizen Maeda and Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi. It’s understood the Hoops are looking to complete their January business early in the window.”
With Celtic very much appearing as if they require greater strength in depth both up front and in central midfield this winter, the news that the club are hoping to secure deals for both Maeda and Ideguchi early on in the January transfer window is sure to be an update that Hoops fans will love.
Indeed, Maeda was incredibly impressive over his 36 J League appearances this season, with the £990k-rated striker bagging 23 goals, registering three assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.
Meanwhile, although Ideguchi was rather less impressive over his own 29 J League outings this term, the 25-year-old would nevertheless be a signing who would appear to provide Postecoglou with a very reliable additional option in the middle of the park.
The £720k-rated midfielder created just one big chance for his teammates, but made an average of 1.2 interceptions, 2.3 tackles and 0.5 key passes per game, seeing him earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.76.
As such, the news that the club look as if they are nearing deals for the Japanese duo will undoubtedly please Celtic fans, who, considering the 56-year-old Bhoys manager’s success in the summer transfer window, must be incredibly excited to see plenty more of Postecoglou’s previously unknown gems make the move to Parkhead this winter.