Sources: Celtic line up Yuki Kobayashi medical after deal agreed in principle
Celtic are lining up a medical for Vissel Kobe defender Yuki Kobayashi, sources have told Football Insider.
The Glasgow giants are working on a deal to land the centre-back ahead of the January window as they close in on their fifth Japanese signing during Ange Postecoglu’s reign.
Football Insider revealed last month that Celtic have agreed basic contract terms with Kobayashi, 22, and his representatives and are now ready to finalise the deal.
His current agreement expires at the end of January and it appears he has now played his last match for Vissel Kobe with the Japanese J-League season now completed.
Kobayashi is not a full Japan international but is a key member of the top-division outfit and has impressed Celtic with his development since graduating from Vissel Kobe’s youth academy.
He’s had loan spells at second tier Machida Zelvia and top-flight Yokohama before breaking into Vissel’s first team at the start of 2020-21.
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Celtic have set their sights on adding a new centre-back with the potential to develop under Postecoglu’s tutelage.
The club have raided the Japanese market four other times since the Australian took over as manager and three of the signings – Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate – have been big successes.
The fourth, Yosuke Ideguchi, also joined last January but he has failed to make an impact, mainly due to injury.
Kobayashi is represented by the same agency as Ideguchi, which is also shared by Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Celtic target is out of contract at the end of January, which has opened the door for a deal to be struck.