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Striker ‘on the brink’ of making permanent Celtic move

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Celtic are expected to complete the signing of Albian Ajeti before the weekend.

A report in the Daily Record claims that the player is expected at Lennoxtown and is on the brink of signing a permanent move from West Ham.

Neil Lennon has gone on record about the need to bring in another striker with Odsonne Edouard the only reliable option for the Celtic boss.

Patryk Klimala has still to play a full 90 minutes since joining in January while Leigh Griffiths appears to have a number of issues to overcome to recapture the form he showed at the turn of the year.

Ajeti seems to be the ideal addition to the squad with terms already agreed with West Ham for the former Basel striker. The deal was originally suggested as a loan but is now being reported as a permanent £5m move.

The Record reports:

Albian Ajeti will arrive in Glasgow on Wednesday as Celtic inch closer to completing a £5million swoop to land the West Ham frontman on a permanent deal.

Record Sport understands the 23-year-old is expected to arrive for a tour of Parkhead and the club’s Lennoxtown training base.

Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell spent most of Tuesday dealing with the Boli Bolingoli fallout with the full-back now expected to leave the club on loan.

But discussions with Ajeti were also still ongoing last night and he is now on the brink of joining the Hoops.

It had been anticipated he would sign on loan but the Hammers want a bumper fee and Celtic have agreed to meet those cash demands.

Over the last few months Keith Jackson has uncovered some very reliable sources inside Celtic, when Peter Lawwell spoke out about having trial matches to allow fans back inside Celtic Park he turned to the top man at the Daily Record.

Ajeti failed to score in 10 substitute appearances for West Ham in the EPL but his form at Basel certainly fitted the sort of profile that Celtic would have been delighted to sign 12 months ago.

Having played with Moi Elyounoussi at Basel he should already have an insider view of Celtic, if all goes to plan he should be in contention for next week’s home matches against KR Reyjkavik and Motherwell.

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