Celtic look set to sign China captain Zheng Zhi this week and further boost their Asian contingent after last week’s capture of Korean Ki Sung-yong.
Midfielder Zheng, 29, is a free agent after being released by Charlton Athletic at the end of last season.
“Zheng Zhi is a player I have tracked for some time,” Mowbray told the Scotsman. “He is a highly-regarded player and was a thorn in our side when he played against us at West Bromwich Albion.
“I am delighted he may join us. He will significantly add to the squad with his quality and the fact he can play in a number of positions.
“We now need to tie up loose ends and obtain a work permit, which we hope to do before our next game.”
Twice China’s Player of the Year, Zheng joined Charlton, initially on loan, from Shandong Luneng when the London club were in the Premier League in late 2006.
Celtic, who signed 20-year-old South Korea midfielder Ki from FC Seoul for an undisclosed fee last week, would offer Zheng a two-year contract, the Scotsman said.