The name of Kristoffer Ajer has popped up consistently over the past month has a potential summer target. The Celtic defender is entering the final year of his contract and reluctant to sign a new deal.
Recent reports have Newcastle preparing an £8m for the towering center-back, who only turned 23 just two weeks ago. So there appears to be something brewing and it’s not quieting down with summer fast approaching.
In fact, the link to Ajer continues to gain steam as the The Sun has an exclusive that Newcastle sent scouts to watch the Norwegian on Sunday. Though it was not a pretty affair as Celtic lost 4-1 to Rangers at the Ibrox.
Ajer wasn’t glaringly at fault for any of the goals, though he just couldn’t get his head on a cross to prevent the third one. He also had an assist on Celtic’s lone strike which came from former target Odsonne Eduoard.
There’s no doubt Newcastle need to freshen up at center-back with an injection of youth. Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett both will turn 30 later this year and are entering the final year of their contracts.
Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez, should he get an extension, have all reached that magical age while Florian Lejuene will be 30 when he returns from his loan spell at Alaves this summer.
While yesterday’s dismal display against Arsenal means there’s some work to do for safety, preparing for the summer will still proceed. If Ajer truly is a top target, he would be an outstanding signing at what could be a fraction of his true value due to his contract situation.