28 July 2020 12:32
CELTIC are on the verge of sealing a £4.5million deal for AEK Athens keeper Vasilis Barkas. And West Ham striker Albian Ajeti could follow him on loan as Neil Lennon boosts his squad. 2 Barkas is closing in on a move to Celtic from AEK Athens Credit: Getty Images - Getty The Hoops thrashed out an agreement with AEK for No1 Barkas after days of talks. The Greek giants will bank an initial £4.5m - with a further £900,000 in bonus payments. AEK have also inserted a ten per cent sell-on clause as part of a bumper deal for Barkas.
Barring a last-minute hitch, he will sign a four-year contract worth up to around £1m per season. Barkas, 26, is waiting on the green light to travel to the UK to complete his Celtic medical. If all goes to plan, the Greece keeper could make his Hoops debut against Hamilton on Sunday. 2 Ajeti could join Celtic on loan Credit: Getty Images - Getty Lennon turned his sights onto the highly-rated AEK star after a move for Fraser Forster stalled. Barkas caught Celtic's attention during the 2018 Champions League qualifier with the Greeks. And the Hoops are now close to landing him as their new No1 keeper for the coming season. Lennon is also keen to add a striker this week as he tools up for Celtic's ten-in-a-row bid. Peterborough's Ivan Toney remains on his radar, while free agent Steven Fletcher is available. But West Ham's Swiss striker Ajeti looks most likely to arrive at Parkhead following talks. The 23-year-old is available on a season-long loan - with a £5m buy option at the end. Ajeti only joined the Hammers for £8m last summer following a prolific spell at Basel. He's failed to make an impact and David Moyes is set to sanction a loan deal for the season. Lennon denied reports that a 12-month agreement had already been reached for Ajeti. But the Celtic boss held a transfer summit on Monday following the 3-1 friendly win over Hibs. He said: "I was talking to Nick Hammond and Peter Lawwell on Monday. "Hopefully we will have some sort of resolution this week. "I don't want to tempt fate. It takes a bit of time and they could be called off last-minute type of thing. "Hopefully we will have something to get our teeth into this week in terms of bringing players in. We'd like to get a couple more in as we let seven or eight leave in the summer. "Mohamed Elyounoussi was already here so we could do with freshening up a bit and give extra impetus to what's already a good squad."