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'There are similarities': Centre-back linked with Spurs last year has been compared to Van Dijk

A player tipped for a Spurs transfer in 2020 has “similarities” with Virgil van Dijk and is “unbelievable”.

In April last year, Sporten reported that Tottenham were ready to reignite their interest in Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer.

The defender’s former agent claimed that a move in summer 2020 was likely for his client.

Although a new agency now represents Ajer, football.london then suggested Tottenham were eyeing him last summer.

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Since then, speculation has cooled off regarding Tottenham and Ajer, with Newcastle now apparently keen on him.

The 23-year-old’s Celtic contract expires next summer, increasing speculation linking him with a move.

Lee Clark managed Ajer at Kilmarnock and spent time in his playing and coaching days at Newcastle.

He thinks the Magpies shouldn’t hesitate in bringing him to the Premier League.

“He is an outstanding player,” Clark told NUFC Matters. “I have seen quotes of £6-8million out there.

“He is definitely a player you can improve and he will be worth a lot more than that.

“When I signed him off Brendan [Rodgers] – he was manager of Celtic at the time – we had an agreement at the time to play him in midfield, even though we all knew he was a centre-half.

“It was so he could get used to playing with the ball in tight areas, and then eventually move back into centre-half with that ball-playing ability.

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“Unbelievable professional”

“When we had him at Kilmarnock he used to play centre-mid with Sean, I had the two of them in there.

“He is an unbelievable professional – he was captain of Norway when he was still a teenager.

“He is six foot six inches and is the type of player who always wants to stay back and do that bit extra.

“And for the price, there is a lot of ability there. There is some rawness and some rough edges that need smoothed out.

“A lot of clubs out there… didn’t want to take a risk on Virgil van Dijk because he played in the Scottish league and didn’t get tested. There are similarities.

“This is a player who could become a real asset for Newcastle United. He is a player who will do anything to get to the very top.

“At the kind of figures quoted I’d be taking him.”

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Ajer is a talented, imposing centre-back with eight trophies to his name and surely it won’t be long before he’s on the move.

Meanwhile, Tottenham really could do with bolstering their defensive ranks following a poor season.

Ajer would be a good shout for a Spurs transfer considering his talent, potential, and a contract that runs out next season.

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