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7th Jun, 2018 | 4:02pm

Celtic should break bank for PL defender reportedly locked in contract dispute


The future of Celtic’s central defence is at the moment one player short.

20-year-old Kristoffer Ajer has become a first-team regular for the Bhoys, and looks set to be a part of the side for many years to come.

Ajer’s partner in the long-term is yet to be decided, current centre-back Dedryck Boyata doesn’t seem like a player who will be at the club for years to come.

A player who is also 20-years-old might be available though, and he could partner Ajer for years – West Ham’s Declan Rice.

The Irishman, who broke into the first-team last season, is currently in a contract dispute with the Irons, after making 31 appearances for the Hammers.

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The Daily Mail recently reported that he turned down a deal worth £8,000 a week, and he is currently on £3,000 a week.

Celtic are more than capable of paying double the amount of money that was offered by West Ham, especially on a player who could be then sold on for millions in a few years time if he continues to play at the level he is currently on.

Rice could not only earn good money with the Hoops, but he could also play in the Champions League and no doubt continue to be picked by the Republic of Ireland.

The only snag could be the fact that his contract runs out in two years time, but if West Ham continue to offer deals he feels aren’t acceptable the chances of Rice remaining at the club seems slim.

Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board should be keeping a close eye on events at the Olympic Stadium, as doubts continue about Rice’s future.

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