West Ham forward Albian Ajeti is in advanced talks to sign for Celtic on a season-long loan, according to a report from Sky Sports.
The Scottish champions are looking to take the Swiss international on an initial-loan for the entire 2020/21 season, with the deal including an option that will allow Celtic to sign the 23-year-old on a permanent basis for £5million at the end of the campaign.
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West Ham were apparently keen to cash in on Ajeti this summer to help David Moyes free up some funds for some much-needed signings, so it’s strange that the club now seem to be willing to let him leave on loan.
Hopefully, the Hammers will not only get a loan fee but also, it would obviously be beneficial if they were left to pay much of the forward’s wages during his time in Scotland.
Given that he’s hardly kicked a ball for the Hammers, loaning Ajeti out with a £5m purchase clause could be smart business from West Ham, provided he does well enough to make Celtic want to sign him.
If he flops in Scotland, however, then West Ham will find it really tough to get a decent fee for him next summer if Celtic walk away from the deal.