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Mexico star heading to Hoops - Agent
Published : 14 Jul 2010 08:25:00
Celtic are set to win the race for UNAM Pumas and Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez, his agent has confirmed. On Tuesday, Jorge Berlanga confirmed the interest from Parkhead, although he also admitted that a move to England or Spain was preferable. However, Celtic have pushed ahead with the deal and now look set to seal the signature of the highly-rated 22-year-old. "Celtic is the team that best meets the expectations of everyone, both the player and the club," said Berlanga. "Efra really liked the option, because Celtic are a top team in Europe, they tend to play Champions League football, and that is a big step, so for all that he is excited. "There are still things to work out, which are routine aspects, such as medical tests or work permits which are very difficult, mainly in the UK. "There are still some things that need defining - we are waiting for an answer, but negotiations could be closed in the next few hours." Pumas have accepted a deal worth around £3million, and although the player and his agent were hopeful of a move to the Premier League or La Liga, it seems he is SPL-bound. Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirmed his commitment to landing Juarez, saying: "We are very close to signing him and hopefully over the next few days we'll have something on that. "He played midfield in the World Cup, playing right of a three and I've seen him play the other side as well. "He's got great energy, is really comfortable on the ball and works really hard. He's a very fit lad and I think his style will suit us. He's a hardy little guy as well - he can put his foot in. "I saw Juarez playing against England at Wembley before the World Cup and just kept an eye on him. "I thought he looked decent there and in the World Cup and when the opportunity came up we watched him again and again and asked if he would fit in to what we wanted to do here. "We all agreed that he would. We're not paying massive money for him."