Daizen Maeda: Celtic agree to deal in principle to sign first loan with Japanese striker in January | Football news

Celtic have reached an agreement in principle to sign Japanese striker Daizen Maeda on a first loan deal.

The move would see the 24-year-old join Parkhead club in January with the option of making the deal permanent this summer.

Sky Sports News reported earlier this month that the forward was one of Celtic’s targets, with the club still considering a move for Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Daizen Maeda received the joint J-League Golden Shoe last season (Kyodo)

Maeda – who previously worked under Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou at Yokohama F Marinos – finished last season as the top scorer in the J-League and was in the division’s top XI.

It would be Celtic’s second signing in the J-League after bringing in striker Kyogo Furuhashi, who has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, from Vissel Kobe.

Postecoglou aims to get January transfers early

Postecoglou said Sky Sports News he wants the January signings to be done as soon as possible to allow new players to integrate into the squad.

However, the Celtic manager added that fans should not expect as many arrivals as they have seen this summer.

He said: “We still intend to try to get them (the signings) early and if we can and, from my point of view, it would be ideal if we could get them in as soon as we restart the practice and give them a track for the second half of the year.

“I don’t think I’ll ever go through another transfer window like I did in the first when we had to bring 12, it was something unique I think.

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“This time around we can be a little more measured, we’ve been working on it a lot longer, so I know what we want.

“It’s always a challenge, it’s not a precise science, but I hope we get the ones we want, we get them early.”

Jackson: Kyogo raised expectations

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Former Celtic forward Darren Jackson believes fans will expect any new signing from the Asian market to impress as much as Kyogo

Speaking on Sky Sports News, former Celtic forward Darren Jackson said:

“If they’re half as good as Kyogo, I think they’ll be very happy. He’s been causing a stir since his arrival.

“The manager knows the market, he knows the players and he is very confident to bring them in, but the expectations of the fans will increase because of Kyogo.

“When you look at the bench it’s not as strong as it should be. Trying to turn things around during a game was probably pretty tough for the manager.

“Kyogo might need a bit of a rest but there’s no way they can give him a rest so it’s very important that they strengthen the team in January.”

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