Celtic set to seal £6m transfer in coming days

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Celtic’s next game has been suspended.

Following the breach of COVID-19 lockdown rules by Boli Bolingoli, they will not be playing Aberdeen this weekend.

It means they will have to wait until the 22nd of the month for their next fixture, when they will face Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership.

And given that the transfer window is currently open, there could be changes afoot at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon’s side could potentially sign a new striker in the coming days, ahead of the game.

They have been linked with a number of players, and Albian Ajeti appears to be a possible acquisition.

Football Insider reports that talks have been underway for some time and are now reaching a conclusion.

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And it could lead to a surprising outcome.

The report states that the Scottish club had been working on a loan-to-buy deal to bring the West Ham man north of the border.

But negotiations have now moved towards a permanent deal.

The report states that Celtic are set to pay £6 million for the forward and bring him in imminently.

The deal will be worth an initial £4.5m with the potential to rise to £6m, and West Ham will also have a sell-on clause included in the deal.

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West Ham paid £8.5m for him last summer, per the report, and this deal will subsequently represent a significant loss.

Ajeti failed to score in 12 outings for the Hammers, but had scored 43 times in 96 outings for FC Basel prior to his switch to London.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This represents a significant risk for Celtic.

Ajeti did not take to life in the Premier League at all, and roundly failed to make any sort of impact in east London.

Thus, spending up to £6m does not feel like a guaranteed win for Lennon’s men.

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The standard of the Scottish Premiership is obviously lower than that in the Premier League and one has to think that the deal is based on the ability he showed in Switzerland rather than his displays in England.

A loan to buy deal may have made more sense, particularly if it included a termination clause, but now it seems like he’ll be moving to Celtic permanently.

It remains to be seen how it will turn out.

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