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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has suggested to The Scottish Sun that reported Leicester City target Kristoffer Ajer will not leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has suggested to The Scottish Sun that reported Leicester City target Kristoffer Ajer will not leave the club in the summer transfer window.

According to The Daily Star, Leicester are interested in signing Ajer from Celtic this summer.t has been reported that the Premier League club are planning to make a bid of £15m for the 21-year-old central defender, who cost the Hoops £500,000 in transfer fees when he joined the Glasgow giants from Start in 2016.

Celtic boss Lennon, though, has made it clear that he does not plan to sell Ajer this summer, with The Scottish Sun also reporting that AC Milan want him in a £15m deal.

Lennon has also suggested that Jozo Simunovic will not leave, with French club Lille interested in the 24-year-old central defender, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

Lennon told The Scottish Sun: “£15million? I’d value Kris a lot higher than that. He has more to come, and I don’t think £15m would cut it, not that we are entertaining any offers. There’s been no contact from Milan.

“I’d prefer to keep Jozo full stop. I’m a big fan. There’s been speculation about him, but we are not entertaining offers.

“Jozo has been superb for me. Ideally I’d like him to be in the building at the end of August.”

Celtic-linked Carl Jenkinson is reportedly in talks with Nottingham Forest over a potential loan deal from Arsenal.

According to Chief Football writer for the Guardian, Daniel Taylor, discussions are underway between Forest and the Gunners. A loan move looks the most likely, but nothing seems to have been ruled out at the moment.

The deadline for transfers in England is on Thursday. Time is running out to get a deal done for potential targets, and it’s likely that this is when we’ll see Celtic strike further on deals.

Jenkinson, however, was linked with a move to Parkhead earlier this summer (Daily Mail, 16/06, back page). That was also to be a loan deal, but no movement came after the speculation.

On Tuesday, the BBC’s David Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal “retain (an) interest” in signing Kieran Tierney, even though the Scottish international is injured.

Also, the Evening Standard have announced that “Arsenal remain hopeful of agreeing a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney”.

Last weekend suggestions spread that Kieran Tierney could be out of action for the next two months.

Neil Lennon confirmed that injured Arsenal target Tierney may be out of action for a while:

He’s still injured and he’s rehabbing.

He had a double hernia and he still has the Osteitis pubis problem so it’s a slow burner that one.

The Gunners’ move for the left-back seems to have gone quiet in recent days but that often means that something is being prepared. But with the English Premier League window closing on Thursday evening, Unai Emery will have to move quickly to get his man.

Tierney hasn’t played for Celtic since limping off in the victory over Aberdeen in May. The 22-year-old has since gone under the knife and still seems to be a fair bit away from making his return to first-team action.

Celtic target Stephen O'Donnell has rejected a new contract at Kilmarnock.

The right-back became a mainstay in the Killie side under previous boss Steve Clarke before Angelo Alessio took over.

He played so well, in fact, that he earned his first nine international caps.

Killie are understood to have stuck a new three-year deal on the table for the defender.

However just like last season, O'Donnell has knocked it back.

His current deal expires in the summer.

It has been previously reported that English clubs Derby County and Stoke City are also keen on the defender.

Celtic have an eye on signing Rico Henry, The Scottish Sun report.

Henry is being lined up as a replacement for Kieran Tierney, with Brentford valuing him at £7 million.

Henry was compared at Walsall to Ashley Cole, regarded as one of the best left-backs of his generation. Celtic would be gambling on this potential.

For Henry, the move to Celtic could be transformative. He would get the chance to compete for trophies and play European football.

His spell at Brentford hasn't been a happy one, and a change of circumstance would be good for all. The Bees couldn't argue if a £7 million offer does come in.

Celtic might not want to pay that due to his poor injury luck. But if Rico does move to the Scottish champions, he could propel his career to a new level.

Aberdeen have instantly rejected a transfer request from .

Celtic had a £3.5m bid for the defender rejected a year ago with the hoops linked with a renewed bid in December before the arrival of Christopher Jullien for £7m from Toulouse.

McKenna is under contract until 2023 but signed that deal before he earned the first of 12 Scotland caps that attracted offers from Celtic and Aston Villa last summer.

Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 06 August 2019 - 11:03:57 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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