Newcastle United have stepped up their efforts to sign Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer amid interest from Norwich City according to the Daily Mail.
Ajer has been a regular for Celtic since signing for the club from Norwegian side Start back in 2016, and has made 43 appearances in all competitions this term for the Scottish giants.
But his efforts haven’t been enough to see them win another Scottish Premiership title, as Celtic missed out on top-spot to rivals Rangers, who have been the dominant force in Scottish football in the 2020/21 season.
Ajer’s contract with Celtic is set to expire next year, which has seen clubs register their interest in landing his signature ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Norwich City were believed to be rivalling Newcastle United to the potential signing of the central defender, as the Canaries prepared for life back in the Premier League.
Daniel Farke’s side are sat top of the Championship table, and have been hugely impressive in their first season back in the second-tier of English football.
But it seems as though they’ll face a tough battle on their hands to sign Ajer, with the Daily Mail claiming that Newcastle are set to table an offer of £8million, as they look to prize the defender away from Celtic Park this summer.
Celtic reportedly value Ajer in the region of £25million, so it remains to be seen as to whether their stance on his valuation will change anytime soon.
Norwich are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on Reading, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Farke’s men at Carrow Road.
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I can see Newcastle edging ahead of Norwich in the race to sign Ajer.
He’s a player that I certainly feel is more than capable of adjusting to the demands of the Premier League, as he’s caught the eye with a number of strong performances both in domestic and European competitions whilst with Celtic.
Newcastle are clearly keen to sign him, as they’re making a formal offer for Ajer early into the summer transfer window, which will be pleasing to see for the St James’ Park faithful.
Norwich might have to turn to alternative options if they can’t match Newcastle’s bid in the near future.