SOUTH KOREAN Kwon Hyeok-kyu will cost £850,000 as he prepares for his switch to Celtic.

The 22-year-old midfielder is poised to team up with countryman Yang Hyun-jun as soon as his transfer is rubber-stamped, probably later this week.

Kwon and Yang will join their nation’s international striker Oh Hyeon-gyu at the treble winners as they prepare for the competitive kick-off to the new campaign against Ross County at Parkhead on Saturday August 5.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have landed in Japan where they will play Yokohama F Marinos in the Nissan Stadium on Wednesday with an 11am start UK time.

PARADISE-BOUND…South Korean midfielder Kwon Hyeok-kyu is heading for the champions.

They will complete their brief tour with a match against Gamba Osaka at the Panasonic Stadium on Saturday which will also commence at 11am.

There is a chance that the South Korean Bhoys will have met up with their new team-mates at some stage before they return home.

Yang, an exciting winger, will cost £2.1million from K-League club Gangwon as his compatriot edges towards signing.

“Busan IPark midfielder Hyeok-kyu Kwon has agreed terms on a long-term deal with Celtic,” reports Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph on Twitter.

“It’s understood the fee is around £850,000.”

Kwon added: “This is a dream come true for me.

“I used to watch Ki Sung-Yueng as a kid when he was at Celtic. He was an amazing player. As a child, I looked up to him and admired him.

“So, it’s a great feeling to go there, too.”

The champions are in Japan for the first time since 2006 and Daizen Maeda and Tomoki Iwata are looking forward to facing their former club in midweek.

After completing the match in Osaka, Rodgers’ men will head back to Yokohama where they will spend the night before travelling back to Scotland to continue training for the new campaign.

They are due to play Wolves in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on July 29 with a 2pm kick-off before the James Forrest Testimonial Match against Athletic Bilbao at Parkhead on Tuesday, August 1.

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