According to The Athletic, both Norwich City and Bayer Levekusen have had £10m bids turned down for Newcastle United target Kristoffer Ajer.
An intriguing update which perhaps explains why our interest has cooled slightly, with it reported just last month that we were looking to strike a deal around the £6-8m mark.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that the 6ft 5′ defender remained our ‘preferred’ option as we look to bring in a new centre-back this summer, however it’s since emerged that newly-promoted Norwich are leading the race for his signature.
Now, they say that Ajer is ‘distinctly unhappy’ by Celtic’s lofty demands that threaten to deny him a summer move, with the two parties previously agreeing to his sale if an ‘appropriate’ offer arrived.
That said, it seems the SPL giants want more than £10m – despite the fact he’s now entering the final 12 months of his current deal at Parkhead.
The report also states that he sees a move to the Premier League as an ‘attractive proposition’ – despite the fact Bayer Levekusen could offer him Europa League football.
Consider his eagerness to arrive in England and the fact Norwich are deemed ‘unlikely’ to up their £10m offer, it seems the door is open for us to reignite our clear interest.
Mind you, we may need Celtic to reduce their demands – or for Bruce’s budget to be upped – if we are to beat Norwich and Bayer Levekusen to a deal for the Norwegian international.