Kristoffer Ajer comments on future amid speculation over Celtic pursuit

Recent reports suggest Celtic are interested in signing Kristoffer Ajer.

Reported Celtic target Kristoffer Ajer has told Aftenposten in Norway that he doesn't believe a transfer will happen this summer.

Ajer, 17, has emerged as one of the most in-demand teenagers in European football having become a fixture of the first team with IK Start.

Aftenposten suggest that the likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have all been targeting Ajer recently, with his eight goals from midfield this season attracting plenty of attention.

Most recently, The Herald reported that Celtic were pursuing Ajer as Ronny Deila attempts to strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline, with Deila no doubt familiar with the player from his time in Norway.

The Bhoys' elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday is a double-edged sword for Deila, as whilst he may now feel that he needs more new signings even after bringing in five new arrivals this summer, Celtic have lost out on TV revenues from their Champions League exit.

That may leave Deila with a smaller budget than he had hoped - and Ajer's recent comments suggest he should look to spend whatever money he has elsewhere.

Ajer told Aftenposten that he is trying to avoid speculation over his future, and doesn't expect to leave IK Start during this transfer window.

"I will not comment much about it," said Ajer. "No, not in this window, I don't think," he added when asked whether a deal could be done this summer.

Deila may be keen to add Norwegian talent to his side given his familiarity with many Norwegian players, and Ajer would certainly be a coup considering the other clubs interested in his signature.

Yet with the player seemingly hoping to play more first-team football with IK Start before moving on, it doesn't look like the teenage sensation will end up in Glasgow before the transfer deadline.

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