West Ham United striker Albian Ajeti is reportedly getting cold feet over a move to Celtic which could open the door for West Bromwich Albion.
The likes of The Scotsman claim Celtic are close to signing Ajeti from West Ham.
Both Celtic and West Brom have been credited with an interest in the young Swiss striker (ExWHUemployee on The West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
In fact, West Brom wanted the Switzerland international last summer. The Express & Star claim the Baggies missed out to the Hammers for the forward when he signed for Manuel Pellegrini for £8 million from Basel, where he scored 37 goals in 75 games over two years.
Celtic close to landing Hammers outcast Ajeti – reports
Celtic were reportedly on the verge of signing West Ham outcast Ajeti on loan with an option to buy (The Guardian).
“Ajeti has looked ill suited to the physicality of English football, though he has represented Switzerland at international level and played in the Champions League for Basel,” reports The Guardian.
“Celtic will aim to rebuild the forward’s talent and it is understood that they could sign him for £5m next year if he impresses on loan.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon was coy over the potential signing (The Scotsman).
And perhaps an update from reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has just revealed why.
The anonymous Twitter and podcast personality claims Ajeti is not sure about a move to Celtic.
And that could open the door for West Brom to follow through on their interest.
Insider delivers worrying update for Celtic, door opens for West Brom
“It was going to be a loan to buy where the payment was made quite quickly,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“I have heard however that Ajeti himself is unsure whether he wants to join Celtic and this is delaying the move.”
It was going to be a loan to buy where the payment was made quite quickly. I have heard however that Ajeti himself is unsure whether he wants to join celtic and this is delaying the move https://t.co/77yOrXYd6O
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 28, 2020
Competition between Celtic and West Brom is good news for West Ham who are desperately trying to raise money for their own transfers.
According to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh – who have a direct line to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold – David Moyes as a ‘zero’ transfer budget in this window.
Claret & Hugh claim Moyes must sell to buy at West Ham.
Various reports suggest his plans to do just that have started in earnest with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Ajeti up for sale.
The fact Ajeti had looked bound for Celtic on loan has baffled some West Ham fans.
Hammers supporters were open to the idea of selling Ajeti to raise vital funds for Moyes.
So talk of a loan deal with Celtic did not make sense.
Loan deal doesn’t make sense for cash-strapped Moyes
The whole object of West Ham’s transfer business is to sell deadwood to try and raise funds for signings.
So supporters cannot understand the logic behind allowing Ajeti to join Celtic on loan.
And ‘option’ is the key word. Even if Celtic were to take it up, that would not be until next summer.
So it does nothing for Moyes’s predicament of having to raise cash to sign players with the new season less than six weeks away.
Ajeti’s apparent cold feet could come to the rescue for Moyes, though.
But only if it means West Brom parting with cash to take him on a permanent deal as Slaven Bilic looks to strengthen ahead of their return to the top flight.