Man Utd-linked DoF scouting Celtic star in bid to pip Steve Bruce to signing

Man Utd-linked DoF scouting Celtic star in bid to pip Steve Bruce to signing

Man Utd-linked DoF scouting Celtic star in bid to pip Steve Bruce to signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Scottish Sun, Premier League returnees Norwich City have joined Newcastle United in the race for Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Canaries want to strengthen their backline in order to have a squad capable of staying in the top-flight beyond next term following last season’s instant relegation, and the Hoops star is on their radar.

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber – who has been linked with potentially replacing Ed Woodward at Manchester United – has watched the 23-year-old in action over the last few weeks.

Ajer, who is also attracting AC Milan, has just a year left on his Celtic deal, and the Scottish Premiership giants might have to cash in on him in the coming weeks.

Norwich could table an £8 million bid for him as they look to reinvest some of the money realised when Max Aarons is sold.

Having spent five seasons at Parkhead, the Norwegian is keen for a new challenge, and Newcastle and Daniel Farke could both come calling this summer.

Norway boss Stale Solbakken has advised the Celtic star to quit Scottish football, and the 23-year-old has the potential to hit the ground running in the English top-flight.

Magpies manager boss Steve Bruce could look to bring in another centre-back if he remains at St. James’ Park this summer, and Ajer fits the bill.

The Norwegian knows proving himself in a top league will play a huge role in his international career going forward, and it will be interesting to see where he is plying his trade next season.

In other news, player who struggled under Neil Lennon wanted by recent Champions League finalists.

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