As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic are set to land their first signing of the January transfer window with a move for Krasnodar’s young Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue.
Celtic may be storming towards a sixth Scottish Premiership title in a row, but that’s not stopping them looking at reinforcements in January and it seems Brendan Rodgers may have found his first man.
The Mail reckon the Hoops have agreed a fee with Russian club Krasnodar for their talented 19 year old midfielder Kouassi Eboue.
The paper reports that the fee for the young player could reach £2.8m and all that stands in the way of the deal is personal terms for a four-year deal and sorting out a work permit.
Eboue has burst onto the European scene just this season since moving to the Russian club last summer. He’s played six times for Krasnodar in this season’s Europa League, helping them qualifying for the Round of 32. He’s also featured 9 times for the club in Russian Premier League action.
That’s been enough to alert his national team and although he hasn’t won a cap, he was called up to the squad for recent internationals.
Primarily a defensive minded midfielder, if the reported deal does go through then he could be seen as a direct replacement for the likes of Nir Bitton, who has struggled to cement his place in Brendan Rodgers’ set-up.
Given his lack of professional experience, he could take some time to adjust to life in the Scottish Premiership but under the guidance of Rodgers, could blossom into a fine midfielder.