Former Newcastle player Lee Clark has told the Daily Record that he would love to see the Magpies sign Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer.

The Norwegian played 17 games under Clark at Kilmarnock during a loan spell.

Since then he has developed into one of the best young defenders in Europe and made 168 appearances for the Hoops.

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AC Milan have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old in the past – as well as Newcastle during previous windows.

Clark has been discussing Ajer’s quality and says he’d love to see him arrive at St James’ Park in the near future.

He told the Daily Record: “With my Newcastle United fans head on I hope that happens.

“My mates have all been asking me about him since he was mentioned and I told them if it comes off we’ll be getting a real top player.

“He’s turned into an excellent, accomplished centre-back for a huge club like Celtic and obviously the Norwegian international team.”

 

In September last year it was claimed that Celtic valued Ajer at £15 million and they could face interest again this summer.

The youngster earns £12,500-a-week at Celtic Park and it seems likely that he will move to a top club at some point.

Could Newcastle realistically land Ajer?

It has to be said that he’s probably destined for a bigger club than Newcastle at some point in the near future.

Ajer is unlikely to want to go to a club that doesn’t play in European competition and that could discount the Magpies.

A new central defender would be ideal for the club in the summer though.

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Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark have contracts for next season but Federico Fernandez will see his deal expire.

That could leave the squad short and it’s an area which will likely need reinforcing.

Ajer will be a great signing for someone if he decides to leave in the summer – but it probably won’t be Newcastle.

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