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Celtic move quickly to complete second Postecoglou deal

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Celtic have moved quickly to complete the signing of Osaze Urhoghide on a four-year contract.

The defender played 20 matches last season as Sheffield Wednesday were relegated to League One and is now out of contract.

Celtic have already signed Liam Shaw from Hillsbrough and have brought his former team-mate north on a similar type of deal.

Urhoghide can play at right-back or central defence, positions that Celtic are short of options in but it is quite a leap moving from battling relegation from The Championship to the demands of playing for Celtic.

Earlier today the Daily Record reported:

Celtic are closing in on Osaze Urhoghide as they make a second cut-price cross-border Sheffield Wednesday swoop.

The Hoops have held talks with the versatile Dutch-born defender, who is out of contract at Hillsborough, and he could become Ange Postecoglou’s first signing.

Leeds United and Crystal Palace are also interested while Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Club Brugge have all been linked with Urhoghide.

Wednesday sources fear Celtic are in the driving seat and are close to an agreement to take him to Parkhead. It would cost Celtic around £200,000 in training compensation if they can get the deal over the line, but if he was to remain in England then the fee would be substantially more.

At noon today Celtic announced that Leigh Griffiths had signed a new 12 month contract. Celtic play Sheffield Wednesday next week in their first friendly of the season with Ange Postecoglou’s side short of options in almost all positions.

The Scotland players will join up with the squad in Wales but are unlikely to play in any matches as their fitness is assessed in preparation for the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland on July 20.

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