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Cameron Carter-Vickers is of interest to Newcastle United but Steve Bruce’s side are prioritising a deal for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer instead, as reported by the Northern Echo. 

Bournemouth might have been consigned to another season of Championship football following Saturday’s West London meltdown, but that does not mean Arnaut Danjuma and co will be sticking around for those Tuesday night trips to Luton, Millwall and Reading. 

Danjuma, Steve Cook and Philip Billing are likely to have admirers elsewhere while Carter-Vickers is facing an uncertain future too. 

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The 23-year-old finally came of age on the South Coast, blossoming into one of the Championship’s most reliable central defenders. And if parent club Tottenham are unwilling to give Carter-Vickers an opportunity, someone will. 

The Echo reports that the USA international, who has played for six different clubs on loan in the last four years, is on Newcastle’s radar. 

“He’s mister consistent. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out,” said Bournemouth boss and former Newcastle hero Jonathan Woodgate (Daily Echo).

“He loves defending. He loves keeping clean sheets, he’s like that.”

As it stands, however, the Magpies are pressing ahead with a deal for their number one central defensive target; the 6ft 6ins stallion that is Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer. 

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Newcastle have scouted the giant Norwegian on a number of occasions this season with talks understood to be at an advanced stage.

Ajer may be allowed to leave Glasgow for a bargain £8 million too, with his contract expiring in 2022. 

Unlike Carter-Vickers, Ajer can also play anywhere across the back four and is also capable of filling in in defensive midfield.

He is not only a fine defender but also a brilliant ball-carrier too, famed for turning defence into attack with one of those Red Rum-style gallops through the heart of the pitch. 

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