Albian Ajeti Leaves West Ham for Celtic on 4-Year Deal

Albian Ajeti
Albian Ajeti has left West Ham for Celtic | Steve Bardens/Getty Images

West Ham United forward Albian Ajeti has left the club to join Scottish champions Celtic on a permanent deal rumoured to be worth around £5m.

Ajeti arrived at the London Stadium from Basel last summer for a fee in the region of £8m but struggled to establish himself with the Hammers.

Albian Ajeti
Ajeti never started a Premier League game for West Ham | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The 23-year-old, who has signed a contract with Celtic until 2024, spent most of the 2019/20 season on the bench. None of his nine Premier League appearances came as a starter, with Ajeti’s only starts as a West Ham player in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted to get the deal over the line.

“I have admired him for long time as he is a really intelligent footballer, well balanced and a really good finisher,” he told his club’s official website. “We are so pleased to make him a Celtic player and we hope he has a long and prosperous career with us.”

A West Ham statement read: “The club would like to thank Albian for his contribution and wish him every success in his future career.”

Ajeti follows Carlos Sanchez and Pablo Zabaleta in leaving the first-team squad since the end of the 2019/20 Premier League season, with the veteran South American pair released upon the expiration of their respective contracts. The permanent signing of Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek following his successful loan is the only incoming business the Hammers have done so far this summer.

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