Report: Leicester place Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer on transfer wishlist
Leicester City have placed Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer on on a list of targets ahead of the upcoming January transfer window., The Daily Mail report.
The paper say that former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is planning for life without Wes Morgan and is still seeking a replacement for Harry Maguire, who moved to Manchester United for £80m during the summer transfer window.
The interest is advanced enough that Foxes scout Sean St Ledger made the trip to Glasgow on Thursday night to watch Ajer in action against Lazio.
Crystal Palace were also in attendance to check on the Norwegian international as his reputation rises.
Leicester would likely be a tempting option for the defender given their rise in status since Rodgers arrived as manager.
They’ve found themselves flying high in the English Premier League, currently sitting third after after 10 matches.
Rodgers was also the manager that helped develop Ajer into a viable central defender, having started his career as a midfielder.
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Ronny Deila was the boss in charge when we confirmed a deal for the then teenager back in early 2016. Since then he’s gone on to make over 100 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops.
Since Neil Lennon arrived earlier this year he’s become an important member of the first-team. Only Scott Brown and Callum McGregor have played more minutes than him this season.
Still just 21, he also has significant potential. If he does end up leaving we can expect to receive a fee north of £10m.
Selling him to Rodgers would perhaps be a bit of a bitter pill to swallow for some, but it’s not really a surprise to hear of his interest.
Ultimately we have little to worry about as fans. Either we retain a talented international youngster, or sell him on our terms for a fee that allows us to reinvest in the team.
Selling him mid-season however should be ruled out.