Celtic target Norwegian starlet Kristoffer Ajer

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Celtic are targeting Ik Start's 17 year-old midfielder, Kristoffer Ajer, in this summer's transfer window, according to The Herald.

Ajer is one of Norways hottest prospects, along with Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard, who is another player Celtic have admired for quite some time.

It is reported that Celtic had sent a scout to watch the teenage sensation during a league match involving Ik Start and Bodo/Glimt, a match that ended in a 5-1 battering for the home side. Ajer, who has scored 8 goals in total this season was unable to prevent his side failing on this occasion.


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Other interest

However, the Bhoys are not the only club that have been looking at the young Nordic midfielder. French side, Paris-Saint-Germain, and another English side (who's name has not been disclosed) are among the teams considering making a swoop for the youngster, and both also had representatives watching him against Glimt.

When asked about interest in, Ajer was coy on the matter, but at the same time was very grateful people have took notice of his displays. 

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“Of course it’s fun, but not something I think about. The only thing I think of now is that Start will not be relegated,” he said, via the Herald. 

Ajer, who set-up Start's only goal in their last defeat, is also on the radar of London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

Celtic would be wise to tie up a deal quickly for the starlet, before a bidding war commences and puts them on the back foot, due to their financial predicament - not having the privellage of the Premier League's millions.

Odegaard saga

Meanwhile, their have been developments at the Bernabeu, where it is alleged that Martin Odegaard is unhappy with Rafael Benetiz's request that he remains with Real Madrid's B team, managed by club legend Zinedine Zidane. 

Odegaard had been widely tipped for a loan move next season to gain top-flight, first team experience, with Celtic being strongly mooted as a possible destination.

It appears though, that Benitez would rather he stayed in Spain, and more specifically, with Real Madrid Castilla under Zidane's guidance.

Reports have now suggested that the youngster is not willing to remain with the B-side and will take the matter up personally with the club's manager and hierarchy. If these reports are indeed true, Celtic could still yet secure a temporary deal for one of football's future superstars.

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