As the news broke of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer’s intentions of quitting the Hoops in the summer, reports in the English media suggest that Norwich City are set to table a bid for the Norwegian.

It was expected that Ajer would be heading to the English Premier League after speculation that Newcastle United were favourites to land the towering defender with an £8m bid, but with Ajer entering the last year of his current contract, the price Celtic would hope to receive could be a lot less than they had hoped.

Ajer said of his future today, “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club. Something is going to happen this summer.

“There are of course many rumours. Right now it’s just rumours. I have one year left on my contract with Celtic and I relate to it, but something will probably happen this summer.

“I have one year left and will be loyal to the club. For both me and Celtic to get the best possible starting point, it probably makes sense that it happens this year.

After reports linking him with a £20m move to AC Milan at the start of the season, Ajer may be resigned to EPL relegation mediocrity as a move to consistent drop zone club Newcastle United or, as expected, Norwich will do nothing for the defender’s medal haul, although it will significantly top up his bank balance.

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