Last week, Brentford reached an agreement with Celtic over the transfer of Newcastle target Kristoffer Ajer. The Bees’ initial bid of £12m plus add-ons was rejected but they went straight back in offering £13.5m, which was accepted.
Earlier today, Sky Sports reported that the 23-year-old center-back had completed his medical with just a few small details left to iron out.
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Kristoffer Ajer has completed a medical with Brentford ahead of his £13.5M transfer from Celtic pic.twitter.com/IRDynBUOPB
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 20, 2021
It appears that everything is now complete with just an announcement pending. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is claiming that Ajer’s move to Brentford is now done.
Confirmed. Kristoffer Ajer will join Brentford on a permanent deal for €15m. Carl Starfelt will be his replacement at Celtic from Rubin Kazan, done deal for €5m and official announcement in the next days. ? #Brentford #Celtic
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 20, 2021
Newcastle never officially entered the race for the Norwegian though he was considered Steve Bruce’s preferred option. Celtic were ultimately able to get good value for the unsettled 23-year-old. Newcastle were hoping for a summer steal at half of this fee.
Bruce is hoping to add a young center-back and two midfielders this summer. Joe Willock and Conor Gallagher appear to be his midfielders of choice at the moment. Newcastle are reportedly in discussions with both Arsenal and Chelsea over loan moves.
With Ajer snapped up, Bruce will have to move down his list of center-back targets. Though he could find it difficult with a measly £10m to work with unless Ashley raises the budget.
Recently it was reported that Schalke had reoffered Ozan Kabak back to Liverpool for just £8.5m. The Reds had declined their £18.5m purchase option on the 21-year-old who spent the second half of last season on loan at Anfield.
Liverpool have been offered (and turned down) the chance to sign Ozan Kabak for just £8.5m, with Schalke desperate to offload the former Reds loanee.#LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 14, 2021
Now The Sun is reporting that Leicester City have had an £8m bid accepted for Kabak with some final details still to be sorted. That is a tremendous buy for The Foxes if true.
They could take their summer spending close to £50m as they push for Champions League football after two straight fifth-place finishes.
As for Newcastle, Bruce stated on Sunday that there are one or two signings ‘bubbling away’ in addition to Joe Willock. Though he added that nothing is particularly close as the clock ticks down to the start of this season.