Newcastle ‘still interested’ in Kris Ajer as race for Celtic defender continues


Newcastle are still hoping they can make a move to sign Kristoffer Ajer this summer despite interest from elsewhere, according to a report.

The defender wants out of Celtic Park but the club have reportedly turned down bids from Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen in decisions that frustrated the centre back.

Newcastle have struggled to make any signings this summer with Mike Ashley continuing to try and sell the club instead of investing in it.

But The Athletic say Steve Bruce wants to sign a centre back and Ajer is one of the options if they can agree a fee with Celtic to take him to England.

They are concerned that Norwich and Leverkusen will come in for him to get him to their club instead of joining them.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou wants to keep him at the club and is planning to hold talks with him to decide his future.

But it doesn’t change Ajer’s plans with the defender saying: “The promise was that I would be allowed to leave last summer, but then we agreed that I would stay at the club to try to win 10 In A Row.

“That was important for the club, but unfortunately we did not make it.

“Now we have come to the point that I will leave, and I really expect the club to keep its word.

“I hope it settles down as soon as possible. It will be in the best interests of all parties.

“I do not think this comes as a surprise to Celtic. They know what I want. In addition, I think it is important for them to sell me with a view to rebuilding the club. I think the club is grateful to be in a situation where they can get money for me.”





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