Celtic's pursuit of West Ham man 'stalls'

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The Scottish Premiership is just days away from getting underway.

To say we can't wait is an understatement.

The title race is set to be closest in several years with Rangers FC hoping to close the gap on the league winners.

Thankfully for Celtic, they have big aspirations to keep them motivated.

Winning the league this term would secure a historic decade of domination for the Bhoys, with a successful campaign making it 10 titles in a row.

But if they're to do that then they'll need to make some shrewd signings in the transfer market.

The club confirmed the signing of Vasilis Barkas on a four-year deal on Thursday, bringing an end to their goalkeeping woes.

However they're also said to be looking at attacking options.

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One player who has been linked is Albian Ajeti.

The West Ham United man is said to be available this summer with first team opportunities at the London Stadium likely to be limited.

Ajeti was said to be available for a fee of £5million, or potentially on a loan deal, with Celtic said to be keen on a move.

However the chances of a move now appear less likely.

Sky Sports have revealed that talk of a move to Parkhead have stalled with the player wanting some time to fully weigh up his options.

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It's claimed that he was to undergo a medical on Wednesday, however that did not happen.

West Brom and a number of other Premier League clubs are also said to be keen, and that appears to be holding up Celtic's chances of completing a move.

Whether that situation will change in the coming days remains to be seen, but Celtic will be keen to wrap up a deal as soon as possible as they look to get their Scottish Premiership campaign off to a strong start.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

With the new season just a matter of days away this is really frustrating for Celtic.

They're very keen to bring in at least one forward this summer as they look to prepare themselves to compete both domestically and in Europe.

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But with Albian Ajeti seemingly stalling on a move, they could have a decision to make.

Showing a degree of patience won't be the worst thing in the world for Celtic - afterall they probably have enough quality to get off to a winning start against Hamilton this weekend.

But they need to be wary that they aren't being played.

If Ajeti really wants to join Celtic then he will need to make a prompt decision, however if he's holding out for a move to another club in the Premier League, he'd be best to make that clear.

That way Neil Lennon can make an informed decision on what to do next.

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