Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side are interested in a deal to bring Kristoffer Ajer to Carrow Road this summer.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that Farke wants to add a centre-back to his squad ahead of the Canaries’ Premier League campaign next season, with the new addition acting as competition for both Ben Gibson and Grant Hanley.
One player currently on his radar is reported to be Celtic’s Ajer, with Stuart Webber thought to have been personally scouting the 23-year-old in recent weeks.
AC Milan and Newcastle United are also believed to be keen on a move for the defender, for whom an offer of around £8 million should be enough to convince Celtic to sell.
While Celtic have had something of a campaign to forget this season, Ajer has been one of the few bright sparks at Parkhead.
Over his 32 Scottish Premiership appearances so far this term, the 21-capped Norway international has helped his side keep 15 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 3.4 clearances per game, culminating in an impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.11.
The £14,000-per-week defender, who is comfortable operating from the middle or right-hand side of defence, has also demonstrated his creativity throughout the season, registering two assists, as well as making an average of 0.6 key passes per league fixture.
And, at just 23-years-old, there is still plenty of time for Ajer to develop as a footballer, although it would appear as if the defender has already proven his ability during his time at Celtic, with his centre-back partner, Christopher Jullien, dubbing him a “unique talent“, while Alex McLeish claimed the 6ft 5 titan is “influential” within his current team.
As such, with Farke currently only having the senior options of Gibson, Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann at centre-back, it would very much seem that greater depth is needed in the position ahead of the Canaries’ Premier League jaunt, with Ajer being an addition who Webber simply must pull out all the stops to secure.