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Celtic face the prospect of being stripped of two of their most talented performers once the curtain falls on the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season, with Scott Brown and Shunsuke Nakamura being lined up for moves to England and Japan.
Reports yesterday linked Brown with an £8million transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, while Nakamura’s former club, Yokohama F Marinos, revealed they has begun negotiations to bring the Japan captain home after eight years in Europe.
Celtic are likely to resist an attempt by Harry Redknapp to sweep Brown – who was named Scotland’s Footballer of the Year for 2009 – off to White Hart Lane, but the club will be far more vulnerable to a hostile raid if they fail to win the title this weekend, and miss out on the guaranteed £10million for qualifying for the Champions League group stage.
The Source: (Times Online)
In Scott Brown Gordon Strachan has battling midfielder with more than a little skill and good touch on the ball and one can see why Harry Redknapp would be sniffing around the former Hibernian man. The Spurs boss seems keen to have something of a clear out at White Hart Lane in the summer and may be looking to shed some of Juande Ramos and Martin Jol’s signings and the likes of Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone have been mentioned as possible exit bound midfielders and with that in mind a move for the Celtic man makes sense.
Is he good enough to make a name for himself in the Premier League? Yes for sure. Would the Scottish side be able to persuade the 23 year old to stay at Parkhead, well that would be tricky, especially as this source points out, if the club misses out on the title and therefore face a potentially tricky knock out round to reach the Champions League group stage.
Brown to Spurs: A definite possibility as Harry looks to continue to put his stamp on the north London club.