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Transfer news: Mike Ashley blocked Kristoffer Ajer deal when Brentford upped their offer

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Mike Ashley refused to match Brentford’s bid for Kristoffer Ajer, Nothing But can exclusively reveal. 

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Back in May, we revealed that the Norwegian central defender was Steve Bruce’s primary target as the manger attempted to strengthen his backline, all while working on a limited budget.

Indeed, with Ajer’s Celtic contract up in the summer of 2022, it’s easy to see why he’d be an attractive proposition. An experienced international with a huge amount of sell-on value at the age of 23, signing him cheaply would certainly make sense.

So, what happened?

Well, as is always seemingly the case with Ashley’s Newcastle, they were outspent.

While that might just be how life works for teams outside the monied elite, the fact that newly-promoted Brentford (with all due respect) are now capable of beating to signings is exactly the reason the owner is held in such contempt on Tyneside.

According to information sent to NBN, Ashley was reluctant to go above £8m when it came to trying to sign Ajer and, at the time of the negotiations, was hopeful of the protracted saga reaching a positive conclusion.

Clearly, that hasn’t happened and Ajer was recently confirmed as a Brentford player for a fee of around £13.5m.

Who have been linked with?

With their main target now off the market, Hotspur’s was recently mooted as a potential option for by The Athletic.

The American international has worked with at both Luton and Bournemouth before and is far down the pecking order in north London although Spurs could now be chasing a permanent deal, rather than agreeing to another loan.

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