Kristoffer Ajer claims talks over joining Celtic, wants deal completed quickly before deadline

Kristoffer Ajer has admitted talks are ongoing over a move to Celtic.

IK Start sensation Kristoffer Ajer is quoted by The Scottish Herald as saying that negotiations are underway over a deal with Celtic.

The Bhoys have only made one signing during this month's transfer window, with Danish international centre back Erik Sviatchenko arriving from FC Midtjylland - though the Daily Mail claim that deals are close for Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts and Feyenoord striker Colin Kazim-Richards.

Now though, manager Ronny Deila could be closing in on another deal, this time for 6ft 5in Norwegian teenager Kristoffer Ajer.

The 17-year-old central midfielder, currently with IK Start in his native Norway, is one of the most highly rated teenagers in Europe, and recently went on trial with Celtic with a view to joining his compatriot Ronny Deila in Glasgow.

The Scottish Sun reported on Saturday that Ajer is likely to sign for Celtic before Monday's transfer deadline, and the player has been discussing that possibility.

Ajer was omitted from Start's game against Bodo/Glimt on Friday, sparking rumours of an imminent transfer - and he has now been quoted by The Scottish Herald as saying that talks are underway over a permanent move to Celtic, and he wants the deal done quickly ahead of the deadline.

"There have been discussions between Start and Celtic so I didn’t play," said Ajer. "I don’t know much about the negotiations but the window closes soon so if it is going to happen it must happen quickly. It would be fantastic to get the chance of a move to Celtic," he added.

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