Newcastle United have 'strong desire' to sign Celtic star, Plans for British Super League tipped for 'global backing'

Following a week dominated by failed European Super League plans, Newcastle United finally have a match to focus on.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 11:00 am

And it comes in the form of one of the Super League’s founding members Liverpool, as Steve Bruce’s side close in on Premier League safety.

Seven points from a possible nine has lifted the Magpies eight points above the relegation zone with six games remaining.

But for that to increase further this weekend, United are aiming for their first victory at Anfield since April 1994.

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In the meantime, here are the latest rumours surrounding Newcastle:

Newcastle United ‘enquire’ about Celtic defender

Newcastle United have reportedly enquired about signing Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer this summer.

The Daily Mail claimed last month Steve Bruce’s side were preparing an £8million bid for the Norwegian, who has one year remaining on his contract at Parkhead.

The news followed after national team manager Stale Solbakken urged Ajer to leave Scotland after five years to further his career.

Caught Offside is the latest site to report United’s apparent interest, while Norwich City are also credited with interest.

They say “the desire from both these teams to sign Ajer is strong”.

Bruce could lose three defenders in the form of Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett this summer, though Newcastle do hold one-year options on the latter two.

European Super League to British Super League

FIFA, UEFA and the UK Government would back plans for Celtic and Rangers to be invited into a brand new British Super League.

That’s according to The Sun, who claims an offer to bring the Glasgow giants into the English pyramid is “being actively discussed”.

While plans for a European Super League flopped earlier this week, the ‘Big Six’ remain convinced that a reform of the PL is essential.

Indeed, both the Old Firm would reportedly jump at the chance to move to England’s top-flight due to the riches it possesses.

Other plans being discussed are for an end of season top four play-off, similar to that in Rugby, as well as the league being reduced to 18 teams.

Should plans come to fruition, they would reportedly have global backing, unlike the Super League.

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