ANGE POSTECOGLOU has seen the value of his former Yokohama F Marinos striker Daizen Maeda rocket by almost FOUR HUNDRED per cent in just 10 months.

However, the Celtic boss is hardly likely to baulk at the prolific hitman’s £3million rating in today’s market place.

Postecoglou paid £765,000 to J-League rivals Matsumoto Yama for the 24-year-old left-sided forward on February 1 this year.

Maeda has hit the ground running at the club and has fired in 22 goals in 35 appearances this time around to lead the scoring charts in Japan’s top flight. Interestingly, six of his collection have come from headers to underline his aerial threat which is something lacking in the Hoops frontline.

BY THE RIGHT…hitman Kyogo Furuhashi scores the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Ferencvaros last month.

The pacy raider, who has won two international caps, is reportedly in his former gaffer’s sights in the January transfer window.

The Greek-Australian raided the Far East market in July when he paid £4.6million for Kyogo Furuhashi from Vessel Kobe and the lively marksman has wasted no time in establishing himself as a star performer in the Premiership with 13 goals.

Postecoglou is already pushing to fast-track a move for left-sided defender Reo Hatete who is a free agent at the end of January when his contract at Kawasaki Frontale expires, as CQN reported earlier today.

FLAT OUT…Albian Ajeti reflects on a miss in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United in September.

The Parkhead gaffer has already stressed his squad needs strengthening, despite a dozen new players arriving in a summer of upheaval.

Kyogo urgently requires support as attack leader with Albian Ajeti continuing to fail to convince with only nine goals since his £5million arrival from West Ham last summer.

Greek frontman Giorgos Giakoumakis, who cost £2.5million after scoring 26 goals for Dutch minnows VVV-Venlo last season, is also struggling to find form while battling for full fitness.

Postecoglou expects to be highly active when the window re-opens at the turn of the year.


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