Kristoffer Ajer has explained his decision to join Brentford, after being linked with Newcastle United.
The Norway international was touted as a possible signing for the Magpies.
But things then went quiet, as speculation about a move to Brentford picked up.
Then in July, he made his move to the newly-promoted Premier League side.
The Bees paid a reported £13.5 million for the 23-year-old (Sky Sports), who became their record signing in the process.
It seems Newcastle were in the picture to sign Ajer, but it seems it was always going to be an uphill battle.
The player told VG: “I had a number of options in the transfer window that I had to consider. Brentford was the club I considered to be the one that could develop me best. I know that there are things I have to develop.”
So far, Ajer has made three appearances for Brentford in 2021/22.
It’s been a great start for him, with Brentford still yet to lose a game.
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Ajer says it’s his desire to further his development.
It’d be no surprise if he was hoping to carve out a similar path to that of Virgil van Dijk, who played for Celtic before coming to the Premier League and becoming the household name he is today.
Realistically, Ajer was not going to excel under someone like Steve Bruce, who has very few player success stories to his name.
Potentially, Ajer could thrive with Brentford. He’s certainly already in Thomas Frank’s good books for a solid start.