Newcastle Interested in 21 Year-Old Norwegian


The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has revealed that Newcastle United have been considering a move for 21 year-old Norwegian international Per Ciljan Skjelbred.

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Per Ciljan Skjelbred – 21 year old lifelong Newcastle supporter


The Chronicle is quoting sources close to the midfielder’s club Rosenborg, and here is another player we’ve heard no mention of so far this summer, so it looks like the Newcastle scouting team have cast their net far and wide looking for good players at good prices this summer.

The highly-rated 21-year-old Scandinavian’s adviser Andreas Ekker apparently has already confirmed to the Chronicle that Skjelbred is keen on a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.

And the good news for Newcastle fans is that, like many Scandinavians, the youngster is a Newcastle fan. 😀

Yet with Norway’s Tippeligaen league already in progress throughout the summer, Newcastle’s scouting network has been able to watch the player since mid-May.

A source close to the Norwegian club told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I have been informed that Newcastle appeared very interested and that they have been watching him since mid-May.”

“Tottenham, Rennes, Portsmouth and Fulham have also been scouting him, although there has been no approach yet.”

“This has also been reported several times in the Norwegian media.”

“Ciljan Skjelbred is quoted as saying he has been a fan of Newcastle United since he was a child.”

His Norwegian Rosenborg club will be looking for around £4M for the youngster, before they would consider selling Skjelbred, one of Scandinavia’s most promising young players.

If he is any good at all, that would seem a reasonable price, and at 21 years old he certainly fits the player profile Newcastle United are searching for this summer.

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  Another photo of Per Ciljan Skjelbred

Skjelbred has already turned down a potential contract with Liverpool earlier in his career, after saying he wanted to prove himself at first-team level first at Rosenborg.

The 21 year old has also recovered from a serious injury, in which both his fibula and tibia in his lower leg were broken by Olympiakos star Ieroklis Stoltidis, in a Champions League game.

But the youngster has played well since then and his adviser Ekker said today from Norway:

“All the clubs from the big leagues have been watching him.”

“So far what I can say is that nobody from Newcastle has come to me.”

“There has been no contact in that way yet.”

“He is very ambitious, and if Newcastle came to us with an offer then we would have to seriously consider it.”

“We would look at the total package they would offer us including how the coach would us him.”

“We know there are several clubs interested that have watched him at both club and international level, but nobody has come in with a concrete bid.”

The youngster has played for Rosenborg 35 times since 2004, scoring 3 goals, and has one full Norwegian International cap so far – but those figures are from March 2007 – we’ll try to get updated stats for him.

In October 2007 he was named as one of the world’s 50 biggest talents by Italian football magazine Guerin Sportivo.

He stands just under 5’10” tall and is contracted to Rosenburg through the end of next year.

He has also played for the Norwegian under-16, 17, 18, 19, 21 sides during his football development, and only turned 21 on June 16th.

Here’s video of when he received his bad leg injury.

We don’t know too much about this player, but it seems like the lad could be a decent buy, and being both ambitious, just 21 years old, and a Newcastle fan since he was a child, cannot be too bad.

Any player with those credentials has to be worth a second look.   😀

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108 comments so far

  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    tom toon whats he like

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  • Tam Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Breaking News: Habib beye has joined inter milan for 7.2million on a 3 year contract (there official site)

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    no he didn’t Tam Tom you wanker.

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  • Neil stewart

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    breaking news: tam toon is a tit

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  • mikeygd

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    seems like a good buy if liverpool were in deed after him and the suggested clubs are interested. If the above is true and he is in deed keen on a move to us then y not!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    can’t find any news about that!!
    tam toon why? tosser!!!

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  • HeronMag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Skjelbred is very highly rated in Scandnavia – I really hope this is true!

    My mate Oyvind (from Norway) thinks he’s class. I’ve never seen him but they reckon he’s going to be a fantastic player.

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  • beright

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    that’s not nice Tammy

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  • Neil stewart

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    breaking news: inler set to sign for 4.5m in next 48 hours

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  • Eyeball

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Tam Toon….Dont be such a bell-end!! its rumours like that and the earlier Aimar incident that gets on peoples nerves!!!

    Didnt your mother ever tell you ” if you dont have anything good to say then its best to keep your mouth shut” (or something along those lines hahaha)

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  • Tjodalf

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s not Per Ciljan Skjelbred. This picture is not of him. BUT Skjelbred is a great talent! Very popular in Norway. And I would welcome him to Newcastle any day.

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  • toon-munch

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Why come on here and blatantly lie must b a mackem.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Aint really seen much of him, i saw him in the CL once and he was just running around non stop for about 90 mins making good passes and setting up attacking, not defence splitting passes, but a good box-to-box, if not more attacking CM.

    Hes a CM so id just get him 🙂

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Tam Toon and Neil Stewart where is your proof!?? there are no links!!!

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  • mikeygd

    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15

    ed breaking news on sky sports that we have dismissed takeover reports

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  • Matthew Tom

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #17

    This is nothing more than a “come get me Newcastle” from the player, sent via a message from his club.

    Still, nice to know that someone wants to come!

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  • Gunnar Pétur (Iceland)

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    FM legend hehe. My friend is from Norway and says he is a top prospect.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Any chance of having some of Wiseys airmiles??

    He looks like he’s been spending some time with his arse strapped in a plane seat and you can bet your mortgage he wasnt flying cattle class!!!!!

    Still, if it means we pull off signings like our first one, who can complain – I have no doubt someone will though lol

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  • brownrob

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Well, I have him on FM08, and he is superb! Player of the season! Excellent AMC 😉

    A quality player who wants to play for the Toon?! Get him!!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    mikeygd- same link in the chronicle

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22

    He tried it on all of the previous blogs. My reply on all of them was.

    Tam Toon, grow up, do you really think anyone is going to fall for that.

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  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #23

    aye tom toon we need an attacking cm would go well alongside inler imo

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  • mikeygd

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #24

    whats the chronicle, never heard of it lol

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  • beright

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #25

    come on newcastle, i want to write my brother who’s in boot camp to tell him about the Spidey signing but I thought I would hold off a few days so that I could add a few names to that letter.

    Let’s hurry up and sign, Seb Larsson, that Derdiyok, Inler and this bloke by Monday so I can get me letter off…

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  • Ashton

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    He was named as one of the world’s 50 biggest talents by Italian football magazine Guerin Sportivo and he rejected a move to arsenal liverpool and TITnham before so he must be good we should sign him and Derdiyok they will both fit in our new policy they are both young hungry promising players and they are toon fans !

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  • Toon fan from Norway

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27

    I am Norwegian and know the player well. His is promising, but 4 million is a bit high. Should be less, but with a clause based on apperences, trophies, etc. Something which is usual in Norwegian transfer deals.

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  • chris norway

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #28

    haha…. thats not per ciljan!!! i am from norway, and have watched him quite a bit. he is a good prospect, who runs his guts out. he is good player, but dont know if he is good enough for toon.
    Elyounoussi from Fredrikstad whould be a good buy.

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #29

    tom_toon what about ledesma and foggia

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  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #30

    same list as me beright only with vdv on lol i wish

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  • Marc Hottiger

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Fits the right profile we are looking for. The change to signing young players with their best years ahead of them makes a refreshing change to seeing washed out old pros on a steady decline turning out for their last pay packet.

    We need hunger and ambition in the squad, players who crave success. When put in front of the camera it’s ok for the likes of Patrick Kluivert, Celestine Babayaro and the like to say they are here to win things but when your cabinet is full to bursting with medals and your retirement is looming large they are really only coming here for one thing.

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  • Simen

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Skjelbred is a very good player, and could easily become an even better one. I’m a Norwegian fan, and would love too see him in the black and white shirt:)

    Ed, the picture is not Skjelbred, but another Rosenborg yougster, Michael Jamtfall….

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  • Davies

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Beright, agreed. Nice list.

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  • Lull

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Sign him!

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  • jeffa

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Neil stewart // Jul 4, 2008 at 13:55

    breaking news: inler set to sign for 4.5m in next 48 hours

    were you heard this like …

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Which Ledesma? There are so many.

    Ye it didnt look like Skjelbred, i always remeber him being very blonde and hair not that long.

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  • Jonasthenorwegiannufcfan

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    This guy is a top prospect. Kinda skinny little dude, but his passing is excellent. definately norways biggest prospect for the future. he played CL football at the age of 18 and just debuted for the national team and has made some good efforts there lately(even tho we suck) Would be thrilled if this were to happen:) regards from norway

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  • Leo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #38

    good good, reading the article i couldnt work out what position he played obviously because he isnt very well known but from what we hear he is a CM, which is good because in both our reserves and our main team we lack strength in that position

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  • Chennai Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #39

    @ tom_toon
    lazio guy…..christian ledesma

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  • Lull

    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #40

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