Reports late last night have suggested that Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign Yokohama F Marinos striker Daizen Maeda.
The 24-year old frontman finished the season as joint-top goalscorer in Japan and now looks set to join up with his former boss, Ange Postecoglou, in Glasgow.
For some, this move doesn’t come as much of a surprise, with media and journalists in Japan expecting Ange to make a move for one of his better players at his former club in the J-League.
It also appears to have been a move that Maeda himself was keen on, with a recent interview revealing his ambition of moving to Europe and playing on that stage which Celtic will provide.
“I felt that I still have a long way to after playing against foreign players.
“If I don’t experience playing in a foreign league, I won’t be able to close the gap.
“So, if I have a chance, I would love to go to such a stage.”
With the footage coming out of Maeda as a player, it is very exciting to see the rapid striker closing in on a move to Parkhead.
We have already seen the success of Kyogo Furuhashi coming from the same league, and it feels like the 24-year old will be able to have a similar sort of impact, given his previous history of playing under Ange and his style of play.