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Celtic closing in on Reo Hatate deal

Celtic are closing in on a deal to bring Reo Hatate to Parkhead in the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a claim made by Anthony Joseph, with the Sky Sports journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that Ange Postecoglou’s side are close to agreeing a deal with Kawasaki Frontale concerning the 24-year-old.

Joseph goes on to state that the midfielder met with Celtic chiefs last week to discuss his proposed switch to Parkhead, with personal terms between the player and the Premiership side not thought to be an issue.

In his tweet, the journalist said: “Celtic are close to agreeing a deal with Kawasaki Frontale for Reo Hatate. The versatile 24-year-old met with club chiefs last week, where he expressed his desire to move to Scotland. Personal terms are not believed to be an issue.”

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Ideguchi

Ideguchi

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Maeda

Hatate

Hatate

Fans will be buzzing

Considering just how impressive Hatate was for Kawasaki Frontale this season, the news that Celtic are close to securing the signing of the midfielder is sure to have left fans of the club buzzing.

Indeed, over his over 30 J League appearances this term, the £720k-rated man scored five goals, registered two assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.

These returns saw the Japan international squad member earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.16, ranking him as his side’s fifth-best player in the top flight of Japanese football – with his performances playing a hugely important role in Frontale sealing the J League title.

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Furthermore, Hatate’s ability to play at left-back, in central or attacking midfield or on the left-wing – all four of which are positions the 24-year-old played at least one game in this season – is something that will undoubtedly come in extremely useful for Postecoglou over the course of the current campaign, particularly with the sheer volume of injuries the 56-year-old’s Celtic side have picked up this term.

As such, the news that a deal for Hatate appears close to getting over the line is extremely positive for everyone involved with the club, with the midfielder certainly looking to be a player who has the ability to make a big impact for the Bhoys in the second half of the campaign.

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