Exclusive: Celtic submit new Albian Ajeti offer to fast-track permanent move
Celtic have submitted a new offer for West Ham striker Albian Ajeti to fast-track a permanent move, Football Insider has learned.
The Glasgow giants have been struggling to persuade the Switzerland international to join on a loan-to-buy deal despite agreeing terms with the Premier League club.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have tabled a new bid in which the loan would become permanent after a low number of stipulated appearances.
One suggestion is that Ajeti would be a full-time Bhoy after just 10 matches.
That is a far lower number than most loan-to-buy transfers, in which around 25 or 30 appearances over a single season is typical.
This demonstrates Celtic’s willingness to get the striker on board following frustration over the last week.
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The Hoops had agreed an initial loan with the obligation to become permanent for £5.5million.
But Ajeti is reluctant to quit a Premier League club and take what would be a pay cut to move to Celtic.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Hoops chiefs are now ready to offer the front man a higher wage if the initial loan move is then converted into a permanent switch.
West Ham are willing to sell Ajeti after a poor debut campaign following his £8.5m transfer from Basel last summer.
The 10-times Switzerland international has not started a single Premier League match all season and most of his 12 West Ham appearances have come as a substitute.
But he was prolific in his homeland, where he scored 43 times in 96 matches for Basel.