13 August 2020 14:39
CELTIC have completed the signing of Swiss international striker Albian Ajeti in a £5m deal. The West Ham striker becomes the Hoops' second permanent transfer of the summer, joining on a four-year contract. 3 Former West Ham star Albian Ajeti has signed on the dotted line Credit: Getty - Contributor Ajeti's former Basel team-mate Moi Elyounoussi has also been persuaded to sign on a second season-long loan at the Celtic from Premiership outfit Southampton. 3 Albian Ajeti has 11 caps for Switzerland Credit: Getty Images - Getty Ajeti revealed that Mohamed Elyounoussi was texting him back and forth ahead of his move to Celtic. "We played very well in our time at Basel together.
"We scored some goals, he assisted me, I assisted him so I'm looking forward to playing again with him." 3 Celtic boss Neil Lennon Ajeti is relieved that the deal has finally been completed. He added: "I'm very happy that everything is done now so I'm looking forward to seeing my new team-mates. We told you how the Swiss striker had finally flown into Glasgow to undergo a medical after weeks of negotiation and speculation. He returned to Switzerland a year later with St Gallen and his goalscoring form won him a return to FC Basel. He scored 43 goals in over 90 games for the club before joining West Ham last summer for an £8million fee.
Albian Ajeti is happy to be in the same dressing-room again as Mohamed Elyounoussi Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti has joined Celtic in a £4.5m deal from West Ham United. The 23-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Scottish champions after making 12 appearances without scoring in a year with the Hammers. Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: "He is a tremendous player, an international with real quality. "I have admired him for long time. He's a really intelligent footballer - well balanced and a really good finisher." Ajeti joined West Ham for £8m from Basel, for whom he scored 30 times in two seasons.
He made only three starts in cup competitions and nine substitute appearances in the English Premier League. Ajeti, who has 10 caps for his country, came through the youth ranks at Basel but had spells with Augsburg in Germany's top flight and Swiss Super League rivals St Gallen before a transfer back to St Jakob-Park in 2017. He is looking forward to renewing his on-field partnership with winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, who is on loan again with Celtic from Southampton. "We played very well and were successful together with Basel," Ajeti said. Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page. CELTIC have completed the signing of Swiss international striker Albian Ajeti in a £5million deal from West Ham. The 23-year-old becomes the Hoops' second permanent transfer of the summer, joining on a four-year contract. 2 Former West Ham star Albian Ajeti has joined Celtic on a four-year deal Credit: Getty - Contributor Ajeti's former Basel team-mate Moi Elyounoussi has also been persuaded to sign on a second season-long loan at Celtic from Southampton. Celtic announced Ajeti's signing in a statement on their website this afternoon. It read: "Celtic Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Swiss international striker, Albian Ajeti, who has joined the club on a four-year deal from West Ham United. "The 23-year-old spent last season at the English Premiership side, having spent the previous two years at Swiss Super League outfit FC Basel. "While playing in Switzerland's top-flight, the forward played alongside Hoops loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi, and was named the Swiss Super League top goalscorer with 17 goals during the 2017/18 campaign." Hoops boss Neil Lennon added: "We are delighted to bring Albian to Celtic. SunSport told you how the Swiss striker had finally flown into Glasgow to undergo a medical after weeks of negotiations and speculation. Ajeti was reluctant to join Celts in a temporary agreement, but the chance to make the deal permanent has proved crucial in getting the transfer over the line. With Celtic out of domestic action for ten days, he will immediately become eligible to make his debut in Tuesday's Champions League first qualifying round tie against KR Reykjavik. One of three brothers all of whom played their football for FC Basel, Ajeti has ten caps for Switzerland to his name. He started off his career with Basel before joining German side FC Augsburg in 2016. Ajeti returned to Switzerland a year later with St Gallen and his goalscoring form won him a return to FC Basel. At Basel, he scored 43 goals in over 90 games before joining the Hammers last summer for an £8m fee. 2 Albian Ajeti failed to score a single goal for the Hammers in his 12 appearances Credit: Getty Images - Getty Celtic confirm signing of Albian Ajeti as club 'lead the way' in surprise move for Scotland international The striker arrives from West Ham on a four-year deal Celtic have completed the signing of Albian Ajeti, signing the striker on a four-year deal for a reported £5million. The Swiss international arrives from West Ham United after much speculation. Ajeti joined the Hammers last season for £8million but the move didn't work out, playing just 12 times and failing to hit the back of the net. Celtic have confirmed the signing of Albian Ajeti. The 23-year-old's goalscoring record in his native Switzerland is impressive with both Basel and St Gallen. He alongside Mohamed Elyounoussi at Basel and has Champions League ad Europa League experience. Hoops boss Neil Lennon said: "We are delighted to bring Albian to Celtic. He is a tremendous player, an international with real quality and I know he is really determined to do all he can to bring more success to our supporters. "I have admired him for a long time as he is a really intelligent footballer, well balanced and a really good finisher. We are so pleased to make him a Celtic player and we hope he has a long and prosperous career with us." The Scotland international is set to depart West Brom after spending last season on loan in La Liga with Alaves, playing 31 times in the league. Burke was on loan at Celtic during the 2018/19 season, featuring 19 times under Brendan Rodgers then Neil Lennon.