Newcastle United are thought to be closing in on signing Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
The Lowdown: Newcastle’s previous interest
Ajer was first linked with a move to St James’ Park back in March, with the 23-year-old setting his sights on a Premier League switch.
The towering defender was a regular for the Hoops during the 2020/21 season, making 46 appearances in all competitions.
Celtic signed Ajer for just £540,000 in 2016, and it seems they will make a big profit this summer.
The Latest: Magpies close to landing Ajer
The Verdict: Postecoglou to face an early problem?
Celtic are hoping to conclude a deal for Ange Postecoglou next week after talks with Eddie Howe collapsed on Friday, so the 55-year-old could be faced with an early problem as Hoops boss.
Should Ajer depart, Postecoglou would be left with Stephen Welsh as the club’s only recognised fit centre-back, with Christopher Jullien currently sidelined through injury.
The versatile Nir Bitton could fill in if required, but having a lack of central defensive options ahead of Champions League qualifiers in July may not be ideal.
Postecoglou will surely now identify a new centre-back as a key area to strengthen, so Hoops fans may well be in for a busy summer.
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