Newcastle keeping tabs on Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Newcastle United are interested in signing the Celtic centre back Kristoffer Ajer this summer.

According to the Sun, the Premier League club’s scouts were at Ibrox yesterday to run the rule over the 23-year-old defender. Ajer’s side were beaten 4-1 by Rangers.

Apparently, Steve Bruce is keen on signing the Norwegian international and the player is thought to be valued at around £8 million.

Ajer is in the final year of his contract with the Scottish giants and Celtic will be forced to cash in on him this summer unless he decides to sign a contract extension with them.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League before particularly with Leicester City.

Brendan Rodgers has worked with the player during his time as the manager of the Scottish club and the links with the Foxes certainly make sense.

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It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can snap up the 23-year-old centre back in the summer. The reported valuation seems quite reasonable for a player of his talent and Ajer has the potential to justify the £8 million asking price.

Newcastle could definitely use some defensive reinforcements and signing a talented young centre half should be a priority for them.

Although Ajer has endured a difficult season with Celtic, he is certainly talented and he could develop into a key player for the Magpies over the coming years.

The 23-year-old is quite young for a centre back and he’s yet to reach his peak. He will improve with experience and game time.

His signing could prove to be a massive bargain for the Premier League side if the Norwegian manages to fulfil his potential.

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Source: English Premier League –