Two Deals Done – Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti set for medicals ahead of completing their moves to Celtic

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon is closing in on two major new signings just a few days before the most important Premiership season ever gets underway when Hamilton visit Celtic Park on Sunday.

Celtic are looking to win their tenth consecutive title and the addition of both the Greece international goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens and Swiss striker Albian Ajeti from West Ham are now just medicals away from going though.

Given what happened to David Turnbull at his medical last June, we can take nothing for granted, but assuming nothing untoward emerges both players will be Celtic players over the next few days and should be in the squad for the visit of Hamilton as Celtic begins the quest for Ten-in-a-Row.

Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph updated us last night on the developments with Ajeti – who had of course played alongside Moi Elyounoussi at FC Basel – see the tweet below for how effective they were together.

“Celtic are set to sign Albian Ajeti on a season-long loan from West Ham, after the clubs agreed a deal today (Tuesday). Sky Sports News understands the deal includes an option to buy, for a fee of around £5m. Ajeti is due to have his medical at Celtic on Wednesday.”

Anthony Joseph also confirmed the story that The Celtic Star ran late yesterday afternoon that the deal has now been agreed to bring Vasilis Barkas to Celtic on a 4 year deal, subject to him travelling to Glasgow for a medical. That was being organised last night. Here’s what the Sky Sports man had to say about this deal.

“Celtic are also closing in on AEK Athens keeper Vasilis Barkas. Greek sources are reporting a deal of €5m (£4.5m), plus add-ons, has been agreed for the 26-year-old.”

Multiple other sources are quoting the same information, with the Greek journalists, quoted on The Celtic Star yesterday afternoon breaking the Barkas story while Sky Sports appear to have had the exclusive on the Ajeti deal being agreed with West Ham.

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