Brentford’s Kris Ajer is a target for Frank Lampard and Everton with the Chelsea legend reportedly keen on the Norwegian, which would land Celtic a sell-on windfall. Everton narrowly escaped the drop and Lampard will be keen to rebuild the team in his image after taking over from Rafa Benitez midway through the campaign.
The Athletic reports that Everton are admirers of Ajer but believe that his performances may put him on the pricey-side of what they can afford.
In his debut season, Ajer has impressed as the London club have retained their place in the top flight, likely earning Celtic a further fee for their Premier League survival. Celtic are believed to have received £13.5m up front for Ajer with another £4m in add-ons. Given that it is Celtic’s standard practice to include a sizeable sell-on fee, you would imagine that he would likely be bringing in a large fee.
The player left the club last summer for the London side after making 176 appearances for Celtic. The central defender was impressive for the club for a number of season but a parting of the ways was inevitable with the player having just a year remaining on his deal.
Ajer began his career with IK Start as an attacking midfielder before Celtic raided in 2016 for Ajer. Despite being signed by Ronny Deila, the player arrived at the same time as Brendan Rodgers was announced as manager. The Irishman decided to retrain the youngster as a central defender and he went out on loan to prove his worth. He returned, bulked up and proved to be a mainstay in the centre of the Celtic defence. On returning, Ajer was a key part of the Double Treble, Treble Treble and Quadruple Treble successes, he even scored the winning penalty against Hearts in the rearranged 2020 Final.
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