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Newcastle transfer news: Magpies to fight AC Milan and Norwich for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer

Kristoffer Ajer
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Newcastle (opens in new tab)will reportedly bid £8 million for Celtic (opens in new tab)defender Kristoffer Ajer as they look to beat AC Milan (opens in new tab) and Norwich City (opens in new tab) to his signature.

The 23-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract at Celtic Park after five years at the club.

According to the Mail Online (opens in new tab), Celtic value the Norway international at £25m but are unlikely to earn that figure due to the defender’s contract situation.

If the Scottish side hold out for a higher fee, they will run the risk of losing Ajer for free next summer when his contract expires.

The outlet writes that the centre-back is determined to leave and sees Newcastle as an appealing option.

The Magpies will make an opening bid of £8m, but could face competition from other interested clubs like Milan and Norwich.

However, Ajer thinks that earning regular game time at St. James’ Park would be a good career move.

The 21-time Norway international has also been encouraged to depart Glasgow by his national team manager Stale Solbakken.

“He has to change league now. He must. He does not have enough challenges in everyday life there,” Solbakken said.

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