SEAD HAKSABANOVIC has already been shown around the Celtic training ground ahead of his move to the club, reports are suggesting.
It’s understood the Montenegrin winger, 23, will be Ange Postecoglou’s next signing of the summer window.
Postecogou told reporters following the win over Hearts at the weekend that the deal was moving “closer” after SunSport told you last week that the Rubin Kazan ace was due in for a medical with the Glasgow club.
Now, according to the Daily Record, an agreement with Rubin Kazan has been reached over his transfer and the player will be announced by the Hoops imminently.
They say Haksabanovic is currently in Glasgow to finalise his move and has been given a tour of Lennoxtown.
Celts are due to get the winger on a cut-price fee.
Haksabanovic has been valued at £6million but given Rubin’s financial situation, they have been willing to accept below that.
Before joining Rubin, he played for West Ham between 2017-20 but only played twice for the first team.
Haksabanovic spent last season on loan at Djurgardens in Sweden, seeking to play outside of Russia like many other players due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Born in Sweden, Haksabanovic came through the youth system at Halmstads and has been described as the DIAMOND of their academy by his former boss.
Jon Jonsson told SunSport: “Sead was a DIAMOND in our academy system at Halmstads.
“There was a lot of publicity when he made his debut at 15 — but he was ready.
“I didn’t need to play him but I saw his talent and I felt we should advance his career as soon as possible. He was born in 1999 so he was very young for that level in 2015 but he did so well for Halmstads.
“Physcially, there was no problem for Sead. At 15, he was already strong enough and he had a good football head.
“If I felt it would hurt his progress, I wouldn’t have played him but it was the opposite. He became a regular and then he made the club a bit of money when he went to West Ham.
“But in those days, we had so many English Premier League scouts at our games to see Sead.
“He went on a lot of trials and I remember speaking to Arsene about him around that time.
“We met working in Japan in the 1990s and I would go to London every year to see him.
“He always asked me to look out for Scandinavian talent and the two young players I recommended were Sead and Martin Odegaard, who is now the Arsenal captain.
“I saw him play for Stromsgodset under Ronny Deila and I knew he had a big future.”
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