West Brom have hijacked Celtic’s loan swoop to sign West Ham striker Albian Ajeti, according to Read Celtic.

The news outlet claims that Ajeti, 23, was due to jet into Glasgow to undergo a medical with the Scottish Premiership champions but he has now pulled the plug on a loan switch north of the border after West Brom came calling for him.

It is understood that the Baggies are “locked in negotiations” with West Ham as Slaven Bilic aims to sign the Switzerland international.

However, a deal is not exactly straightforward for Albion as Read Celtic adds that the Hammers are not keen on sending the striker out on loan to a Premier League rival. But they would be interested in selling Ajeti permanently, which is why his scheduled medical with Celtic has not taken place.

Ajeti joined West Ham last summer for £8million but the former Basel striker endured a tough debut season in English football as he failed to score in 12 appearances and failed to start a single Premier League game.

The Baggies were interested in signing Ajeti before he made that move to the London Stadium but, as reported by the Express & Star just over a year ago, the Black Country club pulled out of the race for his signature due to his wage demands.

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We don’t think West Brom should try to sign Ajeti.

He’s already priced himself out of a move to The Hawthorns once and has done nothing to prove he is Premier League quality at West Ham.

Unless it is a very, very cheap deal, then we don’t think Bilic should be pursuing this too hard when there are bound to be other options out there who have more Premier League experience and at least one Premier League goal to their name.

In other West Brom news, Albion want to sign this £18million-rated English striker.

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  1. As I Celtic fan, I sincerely hope he joins West Brom. Nowhere near the level Celtic need. Can’t see what he’ll offer us.

  2. Going on what has been recently written about the striker Albian Ajeti , i also think it would be a very bad investment . We need someone with Premiership credentials , with a decent scoring record . If we make the wrong start at the beginning of the season it will put a lot of unnecessary pressure on the players . It is so important to buy the right players .All you need to do is look at Aston Villa , just missed the drop , just look at how much money they spent .Lessons need to be learned . First & foremost if you do not score goals you do not win matches . Can we at least think about bringing Dwight Gale back ?


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