Journalist Stuart Hodge believes that Premier League clubs should give Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi 18 months before looking to sign him.
The 26-year-old only completed a move to Celtic Park during the summer from J1-League side Vissel Kobe for an undisclosed fee, penning a four-year deal with the Hoops [BBC Sport].
Furuhashi was in fine form for Vissel Kobe last term, scoring 16 goals and registering two assists before his move to Celtic.
The10-cap Japan international has now seemingly captured the attention of one Premier League side, with Calciomercato reporting that Southampton have set their sights on the forward.
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Hodge believes that Premier League clubs should give him 18 months in Scotland though before looking to sign him, telling TIF: “Seems a bit early and I think to be honest if I was a scout at one of these Premier League teams, I would be looking at it and I would be saying, ‘let’s give him a year and a half to learn the language and adapt culturally’. But once he’s been at Celtic Park 18 months, I think it’s open season.”
Southampton have previous purchase history from Celtic with players such as Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster moving south.
After tiltie-winning years at Celtic Park, both players went on to join Southampton, before Forster moved back to Celtic on loan for the 2019-2020 campaign and Van Dijk made the switch to Liverpool.