Celtic have struck an agreement to sign Hatem Abd Elhamed from Hapoel Be’er Sheva for £1.6m, according to The Scottish Sun. Elhamed will pen a four-year deal at Parkhead.
The 28-year-old is currently playing in the Israeli top division with Hapoel Be’er Sheva. He has been with the club since 2017, racking up 61 appearances and four goals.
Elhamed is a central defender by trade but he can also operate at right-back. During his career, he has played in Israel, Romania and Belgium and now he is set for a move to Scotland.
The once-capped Israel international spent time with Israeli club FC Ashdod – playing over 100 games – before his move to Hapoel Be’er Sheva. He played 15 times on loan at Dinamo Bucuresti and has a total of three appearances across two spells in Belgium with Charleroi and Gent.
Elhamed is now hoping for his career to go to new heights in Scotland. Celtic are closing in on the experienced defender and will offer him a long-term deal in Glasgow.
Where does Elhamed fit in?
Neil Lennon reportedly sees Elhamed as the replacement for Mikael Lustig despite him preferring to play in central defence. Elhamed has experience at full-back too and this is an area that Celtic need to strengthen.
Kristoffer Ajer, Jozo Simunovic and Christopher Jullien occupy the central defensive spots so right-back offers a clearer route to the starting line-up. Elhamed has a tough act to follow stepping into the void left by fan favourite Lustig.