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West Ham striker Albian Ajeti close to agreeing Celtic loan deal

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Albian Ajeti has failed to make a solitary start for West Ham United since last summer's move from Basel
Image: Albian Ajeti failed to make a solitary start for West Ham since last summer's move from Basel

West Ham striker Albian Ajeti is close to agreeing terms with Celtic on a loan deal.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon held further talks with the player's agent on Thursday nightm with the move being cast into doubt after the 23-year-old asked for more time to consider his options, while on holiday in Sardinia.

But Sky Sports News understands the intervention by Lennon has convinced Ajeti to choose Celtic, after a host of Premier League and European clubs were interested in the Swiss international.

If talks continue to progress, the deal could be completed by early next week. It is believed the deal includes an option to buy at the end of the loan, for a fee of around £5m.

Vasilis Barkas of AEK Athens in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between SL Benfica and AEK Athens
Image: Vasilis Barkas was Neil Lennon's first signing of the summer

Ajeti would be the Scottish Champions second signing of the summer following goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas who arrived from AEK Athens on a four-year deal.

Ajeti joined West Ham for £8m from Swiss side Basel in August last year, but made just 12 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions.

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