Kristoffer Ajer has joined Premier League newcomers Brentford from Celtic on a five-year deal for an preliminary £13.5m.
Ajer, who is extremely rated and was additionally a goal for Norwich, accomplished a medical this week and was not in Celtic’s squad that drew 1-1 in opposition to FC Midtjylland of their Champions League qualifier first-leg on Tuesday.
The price for Ajer’s switch might rise additional with performance-related bonuses.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank stated: “We wished to get one other central defender in, and Kris was our first alternative. We expect he suits the position-specific profile completely, particularly on the ball.
“Kris may be very composed and might discover the correct passes between the traces. His stage when bringing the ball ahead may be very excessive.
“As a defender he has the physicality that you simply want, and he received his duels when he performed within the Scottish league. He can assist us in each bins, along with his energy within the air.
“He’s a participant at an excellent age, and we predict he come straight in and be able to carry out within the Premier League. However he additionally suits the best way we need to recruit gamers and work with them.
“He can develop as a participant and each Brentford FC and Kris can transfer to the next stage within the coming years.”
Sky in Germany reported final month that Bayer Leverkusen have been in talks over a possible deal for the Norway worldwide, who had one 12 months left on his Celtic contract.
Ajer had been with Celtic since 2016 and after a mortgage spell at Kilmarnock in 2016/17, signed a brand new four-year cope with the Hoops in 2018.
Serie A membership AC Milan have been additionally eager on signing him earlier than ending their long-standing curiosity to pursue Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori. Rumours additionally linked the 23-year-old to Newcastle.
Ajer, who scored two targets in 47 appearances for Celtic through the 2020/21 season, stated final month: “I’ve one 12 months left of the contract and that’s what I’m targeted on, however after all, one thing may presumably occur this summer season.
“I’ll adhere to that and keep loyal to the membership, however to ensure that each me and the membership to have the very best start line (for negotiations) it’s most likely for the very best that one thing ought to occur this 12 months.”
Ajer is Brentford’s second arrival of the summer season after they not too long ago accomplished the signing of FC Midtjylland’s Frank Onyeka following a piece allow.
The Nigeria midfielder was introduced because the Bees’ first signing as a Premier League membership on a five-year deal after arriving within the UK on Sunday.
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