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Report: Celtic close to Otsu signing

24 August 2012 10:05

Reigning Scottish champions Celtic are close to signing a one-year loan agreement for Japan international Yuki Otsu, according to reports.

The 22-year-old spent most of last season on the outside looking in at Borussia Moenchengladbach, making just three appearances.

But he emerged rapidly at the London Olympics, scoring three goals - including the match-winner against Spain - on the way to Japan's unexpected fourth-place finish.

"We've received an offer from Celtic and are in negotiations," a source close to Otsu told Sponichi.

"Once we settle on the terms the transfer should go through."

The former Kashiwa Reysol man told his club's website earlier this month that he expected to be loaned out for the season.

A move to Glasgow would draw inevitable comparisons between Otsu and Japanese legend Shunsuke Nakamura, who scored 33 goals in 164 appearances for the Scottish giants.

Winger Koki Mizuno, once a team-mate of Otsu's at Reysol, also spent two-and-a-half years at the club, making just 11 appearances.

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