Newcastle United supporters left furious after Celtic price them out of Kris Ajer move

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

It appears that the Newcastle United supporters aren’t best pleased with their football club after Celtic priced them out of a move for Kristoffer Ajer.

The Norwegian centre-back instead looks to be heading to Brentford. It was reported today by Telegraph journalist John Percy that the newly promoted EPL club have agreed a £13.5m deal with Celtic.

This comes after weeks of speculation that linked Ajer with Newcastle [Daily Mail]. It all came to a head earlier this week. The Northern Echo reported that Newcastle’s move had stalled after Celtic wanted more than double what the Toon were wanting to pay put [Northern Echo].

And now it looks as though Steve Bruce’s side are going to miss out on one of their top targets.

The deal involving Ajer to Brentford has yet to be confirmed. However, with the clubs having agreed a fee, it’s unlikely the big Norwegian will turn a move to one of Europe’s big five leagues down.

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Celtic, of course, won’t be raking in anywhere near the £20m they were reportedly after. £13.5m is some way off, but that’s hardly a surprise given that Ajer is into the final year of his contract.

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The move to Brentford will also likely come with a strong sell-on fee. All things considered, you have to be happy with how the Hoops have negotiated this. Assuming of course the deal goes through.

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It’s incredible to think that an EPL club couldn’t afford to buy a player from Scottish football who’s into the final year of their contract. But that’s exactly what appears to have happened here. For one reason or another, the North East club will miss out.

Many Celtic fans likely didn’t care where the player ended up. All that mattered to us was that we got a fee that reflects his ability and experience – not just his contract length.

But it appears the move has left plenty of Newcastle fans furious. They’re not happy with how their club has gone about this, and that’s evident in how they’ve reacted to the news on Twitter:

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