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Celtic Keeping Close Eyes On Another Impressive World Cup Star: Why Postecoglou Must Make The Call

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Despite having a plethora of names in the middle of the park, Celtic are keen on adding more quality in the January window. If a report from Foot Mercato (as cited by the Daily Record) is believed to be true, Ange Postecoglou is weighing up a move for Tunisia star Aissa Laidouni.

The 26-year-old midfield ace has not only impressed in Ferencváros colours but also for Tunisia in the FIFA World Cup. The Eagles of Carthage got eliminated from the group stage, but they defeated the reigning champions France in their final game. Laidouni started all three fixtures and his valiant effort has now drawn the attention of the Glasgow giants.

The France-born midfielder progressed through the academy ranks of FC Montfermeil and Angers. He also featured for their reserve squad but failed to cement his place in the senior set-up. Loan spells with Les Herbiers and Chambly did not work out either and the player, therefore, left for Romanian outfit Voluntari to resurrect his career. He enjoyed a productive run there before plying his trade at Hungary in the summer of 2020.

Ange Postecoglou

Meanwhile, his current deal at Ferencváros is set to expire in June 2023. Although they have the option to trigger a one-year extension, Laidouni’s suitors have been advised to pay a fee of around £3.5m to tie him down next month. Celtic are not alone in the hunt with Wolfsburg keeping close eyes on his contract situation in Budapest.

Why Celtic Should Give It A Shot

The Hoops, however, are well-equipped in midfield. Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton left in the summer, but they roped in Aaron Mooy and Oliver Abildgaard to restore parity in the centre of the pitch. While the pair have been deployed sporadically since their arrival, Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate remain the preferred ‘midfield three’ for their flexibility and free-flowing football. David Turnbull is also back in action, whereas Yosuke Ideguchi and James McCarthy are there in the mix as bit-part options.

Laidouni is quick, strong and composed, also his technicality makes him a vital cog for both club and country. He offers a different kind of threat compared to what the Bhoys have and his addition would bring more stability amid the uncertainties over the future of their fringe stars. It remains to be seen how the Celts react in the market once the window reopens on New Year’s Day.

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