Whether Newcastle are taken over or not, Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer could be a great addition.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to the Magpies in recent weeks, with Newcastle reportedly wanting to pay £8million for the centre-back.

However, that is shy of Celtic’s alleged valuation. According to the Herald, the Hoops want £12million for the Norwegian. They also report that Norwich are keen.

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But while Newcastle face competition for Ajer, a report in the Daily Mail should give Toon fans encouragement.

They report that the youngster finds a move to St James’ Park appealing, with the belief that he will get regular first-team football.

Newcastle must move for Ajer

Newcastle have a lot of centre-backs right now, but there is a need for change this summer.

Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez are already in their 30s, while Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar turn 30 later this year.

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While being 30 does not mean you are over the hill, Newcastle could do with injecting some youth into their defence.

 

As for Jamaal Lascelles, he has had a lot of problems with injuries in recent years.

The addition of Ajer would be a welcome one. He has impressed in Scotland, and seems to be the next player from Parkhead destined for bigger things.

The only worry is that he uses Newcastle as a stepping stone for a bigger move. But that would depend on how will he did in black and white.

While the valuation from the two clubs could be an issue, there is clearly room for negotiation. It will depend on how much Celtic need to sell, and how desperate Newcastle are to get their man.

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Norwich’s interest is certainly a concern, as they will be looking to quickly assemble a team capable of staying in the Premier League.

But with the report that Ajer is keen on a move to the north east, Newcastle seem to have an advantage.

Over to you, Lee Charnley…On second thoughts, maybe we don’t have an advantage after all.

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