Midfielder that Carew told Villa to sign closes in on Celtic switch - report

Just days after former Aston Villa striker John Carew recommended Stefan Marius Johansen to the club, he is reportedly close to a deal with Celtic.

Last week, former Aston Villa striker John Carew pointed his old team in the direction of one of Norway’s brightest stars.

Telling Paul Lambert’s side that they would be wise to cast an eye over Stromsgodset midfielder Stefan Marius Johansen, Carew called the player a “Duracell rabbit with tekkers”, and said he would be a good addition to the current Villans’ squad.

Reports at the same time suggested Celtic were interested in the 23-year-old, so if Villa were going to take their former striker’s advice, they may have had to move quickly.

But the latest reports from Norway claim Johansen is set for talks with the Scottish side having left his national team’s training camp in Abu Dhabi.

STV Sport has published the Norwegian Football Federation’s statement that Johansen had withdrawn from the training camp and was “in final negotiations with a club”.

Which club that may be is not certain, but quotes in the same story from Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirmed his side had been in talks with the player and was hopeful a deal could be finalised shortly.

With Johansen seemingly on his way, it appears Carew’s recommendation was too late for Lambert, but Celtic may be signing a player of real promise for potentially a bargain fee.

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