Daizen Maeda: Celtic agree deal to sign Japan striker on initial loan in January | Football News

Celtic have reached an agreement in principle to sign Japanese forward Daizen Maeda on loan.

The move would see the 24-year-old join the Parkhead club in January, then have a chance to make the deal permanent in the summer.

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

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Daizen Maeda was awarded the joint golden shoe in the J-League last season (Credit: Kyodo)

Maeda – who previously worked with Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou at Yokohama F Marinos – finished last season as a tied top scorer in the J-League and was one of the top XI in the division.

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

Postecoglou aims to bring forward January transfers

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

However, the Celtic manager added that fans shouldn’t expect as many arrivals as they saw in the summer.

He said: “We are still with the intent of trying to bring them (signings) early and if we can and, from my point of view, it would be ideal if we could put them in by when we resume training and give them an edge in la second half of the year.

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

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will not be taking a break
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Postecoglou says he won’t be taking a break during the winter break

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

“It’s still challenging, it’s not a precise science, but we hope to get the ones we want and get them there soon.”

Jackson: Kyogo has raised expectations

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Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson believes fans will expect new signings from the Asian market to impress as much as Kyogo

Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Celtic striker Darren Jackson said:

“If they are half as good as Kyogo, I think they will be very happy. It has been a sensation since he arrived.

“The manager knows the transfer market, he knows the players and is very confident in bringing them in, but the expectations of the fans will grow thanks to Kyogo.

“If you look at the bench it is not as strong as it should be. Trying to change things during a match was probably quite difficult for the manager.

“Kyogo may need some rest, but there is no way they can give him a rest, so it’s very important that they strengthen the team in January.”

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