'It probably makes sense' - Kristoffer Ajer drops transfer hint amid Newcastle United interest
Newcastle United target Kristoffer Ajer has admitted he will likely leave Celtic this summer.
The Norwegian international has been a hot topic on Tyneside this week after reports suggested the Magpies were close to securing his services.
However, United aren’t the only club chasing the 23-year-old’s signature, as head coach Steve Bruce looks to improve his squad on what is expected to be a low transfer budget.
And with clubs across Europe competing to sign the 6ft6 central defender, the player himself is confident of exiting The Hoops in the coming months.
Ajer said: “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club. Something is going to happen this summer.
"There are of course many rumours. Right now it's just rumours.
"I have one year left on my contract with Celtic and I relate to it, but something will probably happen this summer.
"I have one year left and will be loyal to the club.
"For both me and Celtic to get the best possible starting point, it probably makes sense that it happens this year.
"I have brought with me experience from almost 180 games for a top club like Celtic.
"I have won lots of trophies and experienced how football can be for better or worse.
"It's an insanely big club. You have to be a little careful with what you say to the media. "
Newcastle icon Lee Clark has urged his boyhood club to bring Ajer to St James’s Park having worked with the defender during his managerial spell at Kilmarnock.