McLeish tips Celtic to accept 'incredible' Brentford bid for Ajer after Newcastle 'baulk' at price
Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic could accept a newly-structured £15million bid from Brentford for Kristoffer Ajer.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the seven-figure fee is an “incredible amount of money” for the Bhoys.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (July 14th), Brentford are set to launch a new £15million bid after having an offer rejected earlier this month.
The Bees offered £12million plus £3million in add-ons for the 23-year-old.
It is understood their new bid will include a higher guaranteed payment.
As detailed by this site on Tuesday (July 13th), Celtic have upped their asking price for Ajer to £20million.
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The centre-back only has one year left on his contract at Parkhead.
McLeish claimed Celtic need to get rid of Ajer to avoid any dressing room drama.
As such, he suggested Brentford’s new bid may be accepted.
“He is in an awkward position. Clearly, he wants to go,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Ajer can walk out but he still needs to give a good account of himself this season because he’s playing at a club with high expectations. He’s also playing for his country.
“I know from people in the game that Newcastle have baulked at more than £15million. Brentford, the newcomers to the Premier League, are looking to get his services.
“I can see a little bit more being offered, and I think he’d be away. It’s not a good atmosphere when you want to go.
“I’m not saying Celtic are holding him to ransom, £15million is a lot of money. It’s an incredible amount of money.
“That’s the market for players coming from Scotland to go abroad or to go to the English Premier League.”