Albian Ajeti has taken a big pay cut to quit West Ham and join Celtic on a four-year deal, Football Insider can reveal.
The Scottish giants announced the capture of the Switzerland international striker yesterday in a transfer understood to be worth £4.5million rising to a potential £6m.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Ajeti has accepted a “significant” salary drop to make the move from the Premier League outfit to Glasgow.
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The forward had stalled over a move for a number of weeks before being convinced that his career would be best served by joining Celtic.
The Hoops did up their initial wage offer to Ajeti to get the deal over the finish line but he is still earning some way short of his basic West Ham salary, worth in excess of £40,000-a-week plus various bonuses.
At Celtic, the top earners, who are believed to be Christopher Jullien, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, are on around £35,000-a-week.
That is likely to be beaten if star man Odsonne Edouard can be persuaded to sign a new contract this summer.
Ajeti is not the only one who has had to accept a loss.
West Ham have also taken a major hit after signing Ajeti from Basel last summer in a deal worth up to £8.5m.
He struggled to live up to that transfer fee, partly due to lack of opportunities as well as Michail Antonio’s successful conversion from wide attacker to centre-forward.
Ajeti did not start a single Premier League match in his debut campaign but he was prolific at former club Basel, scoring 43 times in 96 matches.