According to The Mirror, Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer will become Steve Bruce’s first signing of the summer transfer window in a deal worth around £6m.
The 6ft 5′ centre-back has been regularly linked with a move to St James’ Park since the turn of the year and appears to have been watched on several occasions by head of recruitment Steve Nickson.
After a host of reports last week stated we were ‘pushing on’ with our attempts to sign the 23-year-old, the Sunday Mirror now state he ‘will sign’ for Newcastle next month – suggesting a fee of £6m has been agreed.
£8m was the initial fee suggested by the likes of The Mail and the Daily Record, however the Norwegian is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Parkhead, giving us some leverage in negotiations.
It’s also said that he’s eager to sign at Newcastle and sees it as the perfect move at this stage of his career, with it previously reported that he’d chose us over the likes of AC Milan and Norwich City.
Time will tell if these big claims are in fact true – £6m does seem very cheap for a man compared to Van Dik by some in Scotland – however it is very clear at this point that he’s a summer target and someone we’re looking to snap up ASAP.
Fingers crossed on this one, as it’d be a shrewd signing and the addition of a centre-back who offers something many of ours ageing options lack – pace, height and quality on the ball.