Scottish club Celtic have made their first signing of the January transfer window agreeing an undisclosed fee with Russian club FC Krasnodar for defensive midfielder Kouassi Eboue.
The Scottish Premiership’s top club confirmed that they have reached personal terms with Eboue to sign him on a four year deal, subject to the Ivory Coast international being granted a visa.
Since his debut for Krasnodar in May of 2016, Eboue has made 18 appearances for the Russian side including a couple of matches in the early rounds of the UEFA Europa League.
He was called up to the Ivory Coast national team for the first time in November but was denied his debut finding himself on the bench for two matches.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his excitement about the 19-year-old comparing him to the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.
“He is one of those young players I look at with the same feeling I had as when I saw a young Coutinho or a young Sterling,” Rodgers told the Evening Times.
The former Liverpool boss also revealed that it didn’t take him long to swoop in and bring Eboue to Glasgow.
“Within 10 seconds you see his talent,” said Rodgers. “There are certain attributes in a young player you can see and you get a good feeling. This boy has that.”
Despite the signing, Rodgers has made it clear that he is looking to bolster his squad even more with young Liverpool defender Joe Gomez being the most recent name linked with a loan move to the Scottish champions.