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Report: Celtic braced for Hammers raid

West Ham could revive interest in Celtic’s Kris Ajer. The Express reported that Ajer was a target for West Ham at the start of the month and the Celtic Star claims Celtic are braced for a potential bid from the Hammers.

The 22-year-old would likely command a transfer fee of around £20m. Ajer joined Celtic from IK Start in 2016 for £500,000 as a midfielder; however, Brendan Rodgers retrained the youngster as a central defender. The Norwegian became a first-team regular striking up a partnership with Dedryck Boyata and impressing in the centre of defence.

David Moyes is desperate to sign defensive re-enforcements before the transfer window ends on 5th October after failing on attempts to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley for a combined offer of £35m.

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West Ham have raised £26m from the sell of Grady Diangana £18m Ablian Ajeti £5m and Jordon Hugill £3m with a further £2m of potential add-ons.

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13 comments on “Report: Celtic braced for Hammers raid

  1. Anyone seen this bloke play?

    • If he’s any good why is Rodgers (who ” trained” him as a centre half) going for Tarkowski at twice the price??? Allegedly.

      • It’s a good point – and Leicester have been linked, there is a lot of bad blood though between Rodgers and the Celtic board due to the way he left.

        He is thought of as an absolute snake(leaving Celtic with around 10 games to go) and the fans don’t want him taking any players.

        On the broader point – Ajer was only 20 when he left, he’s kept improving, has become the main defender/leader in the full Norway team.

        My girlfriend is Norwegian and he is very highly thought of over their. He was captain at 15 for his first club, and always seen as a future star.

        He has all the tools to be world class. I definitely think a more defensive type manager would make him more rounded/complete.

    • his main problem is that no one knows his true position He’s done well this year on spite of all transfer talk but he is not a central defender.. Better at carrying the ball forward. He is young enough to keep improving and when you see what English clubs play for some total dummies then I hope we make a few bob out of it.

  2. So we sell the Bhoys a striker for £5m, but we have to pay £22m for one of their defenders.?
    Just all seems arse about face to me!

  3. Sharpen up your act lad.

  4. So frustrating..jumping from one to the other. With bids that dont come anywhere near there value ,or trying to pay over 6 years ,,no wonder we cant get anyone..but with us we take the first bid for diangana …you can say all you like but we obviously are not doing nearly enough when it comes to bids either way to low or the way we want to pay them…….again we hear and we know it’s hard but why isnt any other clubs like villa having trouble, there bids like all the other clubs are getting accepted…..beggars belief..

  5. Even though I would believe NOTHING printed in that excuse for a relevent newspaper…
    All, that I can hear in my head is the sound of the Channel 4 Countdown clock.
    What was going on during our battle for survival and on the clinching of our Premiership survival?
    Hastily arranged meetings called by the chairmen to discuss what new additions our manager needed going forward, to prevent such a potential disaster from EVER happening again?
    West Ham United are now seen as a JOKE club up and down the country and I’m not sure as a youngster, that I could live with such embarrasment with my mates taking the **** out of me everyday.
    Dysfunction is alive and kicking and it’s got a new name…… West Ham United.

  6. I know very little of this player so cannot comment but I just don’t want us to buy someone for the sake of it. I would prefer to give our youngsters a chance if we do not get the players we want. I am looking at the Swansea game as I am interested in their CH who we have been linked with. I have to be honest I am not impressed he has too many bad traits to be a top defender. I really hope we are not seriously looking at him.

  7. look at the young lads who played on Tuesday v Hull.All did very well so why is there this innate fear in giving 1 or 2 a premiership start.I know its a step up in class from Hull To Wolves but we have done it regularly over the years with academy players before they got plundered by the big boys.We seem to have scoured the planet to find this magical defender that is going to shore everything up at the back and you can compare it to the holy grail 20 a season goalscorer who we have not located in over 20 years.

  8. This kid has a huge future, – he is brilliant with the ball at his feet, is quick and strong, – a little like Virgil Van Dijk and Jason Denayer at Celtic he almost finds it too easy in Scotland and sometimes loses concentration. He is very intelligent with a brilliant attitude, – he can be as good as he wants. I heard Damien Duff raving about him recently.

    I think Moyes would be ideal for him, and make him more disciplined.

    He is the future Norway captain in what is the best group of young players they have had in years. Haaland, Sorloth, Odegaard etc.

  9. Celtic supporter here. Kris Ajer is a ball playing central defender. He is a creative passer of the ball and has the ability and the pace to take the ball out of defence and run at defences in the counter-attack. He’s decent in the air in both boxes. He’s also young. He needs to toughen up though and Celtic fans don’t think he has enough nastiness in his game.
    He isn’t the finished article but because he does all of the difficult technical things really well, it is a good bet that he’ll add the more straightforward things as he matures and is given more responsibility.
    Ball playing centrebacks who can see a good pass and have pace and mobility are hard to find. He could end up a better player than Virgil.

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