Celtic confirm Braafheid signing

Deal me in: Braafheid signs on for rest of season.
Deal me in: Braafheid signs on for rest of season.© postproduktie.nl

Celtic have sealed the transfer of Bayern Munich left-back Edson Braafheid on loan until the end of the season. The clubs have agreed a fee for the short-term switch and Braafheid has agreed a move to Celtic Park.

As STV Sport exclusively revealed on Sunday, Dutch international Braafheid has been lined up as a direct replacement for Danny Fox who left to join Burnley last week. The capture of the Bayern defender becomes Celtic’s third transfer on deadline day, following the signing of Diomansy Kamara and Paul Slane.

Kamara has been out of favour at the Allianz Arena following a poor start to the season but his compatriot and team-mate in Munich, Mark van Bommel, said he expected the player to get back on track in Scotland.

“He’s been unlucky,” the midfielder told Bayern’s website.

“When he played, the whole of the team wasn’t playing well. You can’t play to your potential in those circumstances. He’s not been able to show what he can do.”

Bayern paid Twente just over £2 million for Braafheid last summer and manager Louis Van Gaal believes that the player would have some resale value if he made Holland’s World Cup squad.

The left-back began his career at Utrecht in 2003 and made 81 appearances, also winning a regular place in Holland’s Under-21 squad. Braafheid moved to Twente when his contract expired in 2007 and established himself as a strong and versatile defender, playing either at full back or in the centre of defence.

Braafheid’s agent, Siggi Lens has said that the player had offers to move to Dutch sides PSV Eindhoven or Ajax Amsterdam but was not keen on a return to the Eredivisie.

“There has been interest from PSV and Ajax but he would prefer to move somewhere else other than back to Holland. He wants to play games,” Lens told the Daily Mail.

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