The agent of West Ham United misfit Albian Ajeti has played down talk of an imminent move to Celtic, while speaking to the Daily Record.
While Rangers took one massive step towards confirming themselves as genuine title challengers on Tuesday, landing both Kemar Roofe and the Swiss international Cedric Itten, another Glasgow giant is struggling to get their own striker signing over the line.
Ajeti looked destined to become a Celtic player last week with the Premiership champions expected to strike an initial loan deal with a £5 million option-to-buy clause.
According to Sky Sports, Itten’s Switzerland teammate has put the brakes on for the time being as he weighs up whether or not to give up on life at the London Stadium.
And, with his agent doing little to suggest a deal is imminent, Celtic fans may be wondering whether Ajeti has slipped through their grasp.
“For the moment, there is nothing to say. He is still a player of West Ham,” Arber Sakiri says.
“It is normal that we have some calls here and some calls there and people are talking about this.
“It is also normal that people are talking about something and some interest here or there, maybe that’s true. From our side, there is nothing to say.”
While Ajeti barely kicked a ball in anger during a forgettable debut season at West Ham, his remarkable goalscoring record back home in Switzerland perhaps explains why Celtic are prepared to make a £5 million outlay.
The 23-year-old, who played alongside Moi Elyounoussi at Basel, scored 21 times in his final season at St Jakobs Park.
Ajeti would undoubtedly benefit from taking a step backwards with the quality of opposition in Scottish football closer to that in the Swiss league than the English top-flight.