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Fringe Target Signs New Deal As Former Gunner Believes Ajer Wants NUFC Move

With the transfer window officially open and Newcastle looking to complete some early business, there’s been no shortage of players linked recently. That’s generally the rule rather than the exception this time of year.

Newcastle had been monitoring the contract situation of Leeds attacker Tyler Roberts. The 22-year-old was entering the final year of his contract but seemed to be hedging on signing a new long-term deal.

Leeds announced yesterday that the Wales international has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract which rules him out of a move to Newcastle. Roberts was an interesting if not unlikely target for Newcastle.

Newcastle’s interest in Roberts stemmed from his contract running down and the potential of a bargain buy. With that possibility now out the window, he’ll be crossed off the lengthy list of targets.

The player who Newcastle have been linked with most is Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer. Up until late last week, Newcastle were seemingly in the driver’s seat for the 23-year-old. However, it came to light that his representatives were shopping him around for the best possible deal.

Ajer, himself, admitted while on international duty that a move this summer would be best for both him and Celtic with his contract expiring next summer. It had been consistently reported that the Norwegian was very keen on not only the Premier League but specifically Newcastle United.

Football Insider has published the following claim from former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell about what he’s heard on Ajer’s link to Newcastle:

“That is going to happen.

“The lure of Newcastle, who are a big club, is going to be a bit too strong I think. Ajer, like the majority of players out there, wants to play in the Premier League. It is a big draw.

“I am pretty sure that one is going to happen. From what I hear from people in the game, he has made his intentions quite clear.”

Like with Roberts, Newcastle’s pursuit of Ajer this summer comes down to his contract situation. Celtic value the center-back at much more than the £6-8m Newcastle are hoping to sign him for.

However, Ajer has made it clear that his future lies elsewhere so Celtic’s hands are basically tied. His representatives are exploring what other options could be out there. It appears that both Bayer Leverkusen and Norwich City have expressed interest.

The pull of the Premier League may ultimately rule out Leverkusen. Newcastle will hopefully be a more enticing proposition than Norwich if we end up making a move for the defender.

7 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks Gloom that’s been an excellent read over coffee.

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry for repost, clicked submit as bus moved:


    Oh for sure, there could be a million and one reasons for it. At the end of the day a bookies job is to make as much money as they can. That’s why I find it interesting, suspending bets on Rafa to Everton specifically, is essentially closing that revenue for income. They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t feel there’s a strong possibility of it happening. So my guess would be they’ve been tipped off or seen information they believe holds weight enough to close that income avenue, so they don’t take a hit from it.

    Their information could easily just be as credible or uncredible as anyone elses though, so will just have to see how it develops. Think this gives the Rafa to Everton possibility a lot more legs though.

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    They could of course suspend it if too many bets/large money bets are being placed on it. So maybe in the Everton fan world there were loads of rumours and fans got carried away and started putting loads of bets on it or something.

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    So did anyone here have the issue where the hashtag #NUFC stopped working on twitter?

    Mine was goosed for just over 2 weeks…

    Yesterday, it started working again. V strange!

  • Mund

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Alex Hurst
    £100,000 raised by #nufc fans in the #1892pledge Scheme after just 9 weeks

    A remarkable achievement by a remarkable fanbase – very proud to be part of it

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Todays PL AGM meeting should be interesting…

    It’s the first time the meeting will be held in person and not via zoom in over a year…

    Given yesterdays rather weak “punishment” for the seedy six. I wish I was a fly on the wall for that!

  • Davas28

    Jun 17, 2021 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7



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