By Noel Whelan

19th May, 2020 | 1:22pm

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Noel Whelan has tipped Leicester City to make a rapid move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer if Caglar Soyuncu departs to trigger a Harry Maguire-style transfer chain reaction.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, believes the Foxes would receive a healthy fee for their Turkish centre-half if he was to leave this summer.

Football Insider revealed last week that Ajer, 22, had instructed his agent to negotiate with interested clubs as he looks to make his Parkhead exit.

Leicester are potential suitors and according to AS they will be in need of another central defender ahead of next season.

The Spanish publication claims Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona are battling it out for Caglar Soyuncu‘s signature after an impressive debut campaign in England.

The 23-year-old only joined from Freiburg last August but his partnership with Jonny Evans at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ defence has been integral to their success this year.

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When asked by Football Insider if the Turkish defender’s exit from the King Power Stadium would likely trigger the immediate departure of Ajer, Whelan said: “There is usually a chain reaction.

“If Soyuncu does go to Liverpool or Manchester City it is going to be for a substantial fee and I am sure Leicester, just like with Harry Maguire, they will be looking to replace him very quickly.

“Ajer is a player that Brendan Rodgers knows and wants at the football club.”

A move to the Leicester would see Ajer reunited with former manager Brendan Rodgers. The defender playing under the Northern Irishman for two and a half seasons.

The Norway international made 49 appearances in all competitions this season, helping Neil Lennon’s side to their ninth consecutive league title.

In other Celtic news, West Ham striker opens door on Parkhead move after rejecting new deal at the London Stadium.