Celtic completed the signing of Albian Ajeti on Wednesday afternoon and now, the former West Ham has explained how Hoops’ on-loan midfielder Mo Elyounoussi talked him into heading north
It’s a position that the Hoops have needed to strengthen for some time but finally, Neil Lennon has a new centre forward.
Albian Ajeti has joined Celtic from West Ham United on a four-year deal believed to be in the region of £4.95 million.
The 23-year-old has now explained why he decided to swap the London Stadium for Celtic Park after just one year at the Hammers, and why another former Premier League star had a big hand in the deal.
“I’m very happy that everything is done now and I’m really looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates,” Ajeti told Celtic TV.
“I know a lot about the club, they’re a big traditional club and I think everyone knows Celtic.”
The forward then went on to say how he spoke to Celtic’s on-loan midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi about what life was like at the club after playing with him in Switzerland.
“I played with Moi Elyounoussi back in the day at Basel. He’s a good boy and I’m really happy that we get the chance to play together again. He called me and text me a couple of times, he knew my situation and he knows me as a player. He tried to convince me to come here, but it wasn’t needed!
“On the pitch, I hope that he can assist me some goals. We played very well together during our time in Basel, we were successful together, he assisted me, I assisted him, and I’m really looking forward to playing with him again.”
Albian Ajeti is an interesting signing for Neil Lennon’s side. The 23-year-old hardly convinced at the London Stadium but played just 130 Premier League minutes for them despite scoring 29 goals in 58 games for FC Basel. Hopefully, the forward can link up well with his former Basel teammate, Elyounoussi.