Premier League side Southampton are considering a big money move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, the Daily Record reports.
The report claims that the English side are weighing up a £20m bid for the Hoops centre-back.
The reported Southampton interest comes only a few days after Sky Sports reported that Ajer and Olivier Ntcham’s agents had contacted Celtic to find out how much money the Hoops would want to sell each player.
Played a key role in Hoops success
Celtic’s board and management team could have a major decision to make about Ajer soon. The player has been a mainstay of the side under Neil Lennon, and has more than played a part in Celtic’s recent success.
However, there has been rumblings over his future at the club for a while now. £20m is also a good offer, only five million less than Celtic received when the club sold Kieran Tierney.
The Hoops should move to get into another centre-back first however before deciding if to move Ajer. Indeed, the Daily Record report claims that Brighton’s Shane Duffy is still a target, as is Preston’s Ben Davies.
Celtic probably have no need to sell anyone despite the midweek exit from the Champions League. However, that won’t stop clubs having interested in players who are at the club.
Therefore, it would not be a shock to see Southampton bid for Ajer. Then Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond would have to decide quickly if the Hoops can afford to lose such a player.
Significant sum could help keep striker?
£20m is a significant sum of money, and it might be too good an offer for Celtic to turn down. Especially if that money was then used, for example, to help fund a new contract for Odsonne Edouard to stop him from leaving.
That could be acceptable to both the fans, and the club. Only time will tell what the future holds for Ajer, but it would not be a huge shock if he moved on before the transfer window closes.
In other news, Pat Bonner is gloomy about Celtic’s future European prospects.