CELTIC are poised to make African midfielder Kouassi Eboue their first January signing in a £2.8million deal from Russian side FC Krasnodar.

The 19-year-old Ivory Coast-born defensive anchorman is expected to agree a four-year deal after his club accepted the champions’ offer.
Eboue previously played for Armenian side FC Shirak before making his move to the Russian Premier League last year.

Krasnodar’s Eboue faced Nice’s Mario Balotelli in the Europa League last month and gave a good account of himself.

The powerful youngster has shot to prominence in Russia and featured in six Europa League group games for FC Krasnodar and is seen as a star of the future.

Brendan Rodgers has led the team to a 19-point advantage plus a game in hand at the top of the Premiership and, after winning the Betfred League Cup following the 3-0 win over Aberdeen, the Hoops are on course for their first domestic clean sweep since 2001.

But the Irishman has cash to spend in the January window and is looking to strengthen for next season’s Champions League qualifiers.

Rodgers will take his squad to Dubai for a winter training camp next week and Eboue could join his new team-mates if the deal can be sealed in time.

The midfield powerhouse was recently brought into the Ivorian international set-up, but is still waiting for his first cap.
The Hoops, of course, already have Ivory Coast legend Kolo Toure on the books after he agreed a one-year deal in the summer.

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