The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has revealed that Newcastle United have been considering a move for 21 year-old Norwegian international Per Ciljan Skjelbred.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred – 21 year old lifelong Newcastle supporter
The Chronicle is quoting sources close to the midfielderâ€™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 Scandinavianâ€™s adviser Andreas Ekker apparently has already confirmed to the Chronicle that Skjelbred is keen on a move to one of Europeâ€™s top leagues.
And the good news for Newcastle fans is that, like many Scandinavians, the youngster is a Newcastle fan. 😀
Yet with Norwayâ€™s Tippeligaen league already in progress throughout the summer, Newcastleâ€™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:
â€œI have been informed that Newcastle appeared very interested and that they have been watching him since mid-May.”
â€œTottenham, Rennes, Portsmouth and Fulham have also been scouting him, although there has been no approach yet.”
â€œThis 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.â€
His Norwegian Rosenborg club will be looking for around Â£4M for the youngster, before they would consider selling Skjelbred, one of Scandinaviaâ€™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.
Â 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:
â€œAll the clubs from the big leagues have been watching him.”
â€œSo far what I can say is that nobody from Newcastle has come to me.”
â€œThere has been no contact in that way yet.”
â€œHe is very ambitious, and if Newcastle came to us with an offer then we would have to seriously consider it.”
â€œWe would look at the total package they would offer us including how the coach would us him.”
â€œWe 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.â€
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. Â 😀