Newcastle Make Their Move For Per Ciljan Skjelbred


There are reports coming from Norway today that both Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United have made bids in the region of £6M for Rosenborg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred – Newcastle move for the player
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Newcastle have been linked with the 21 year old youngster since early July, but whether we went for him depended on how things went with some of our other targets.

The youngster is a central midfielder who has just turned 21 years old in June, and has been a Newcastle United supporter since he was a child.

We therefore think that if Newcastle can agree terms with his club, that Blackburn Rovers will have no chance of beating Newcastle to this youngster.

The news is that his Norwegian club Rosenburg, are set to decide on the offers they have received at a board meeting, and we hear that Tottenham and Portsmouth also linked with Skjelbred.

Tottenham linked with one of our targets?   Boy that would be a big surprise.

Skjelbred already has three caps for Norway and feels he has nothing more to prove in his country’s native Tippeligaen – the Norwegian Football League.

We have reported a number of times over the summer that Newcastle have been scouting the youngster, but it appeared he was in our secondary list of targets, those that we’d go after if we cannot get the primary targets in.

His agent said to the Evening Chronicle in early August:

“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.”

At the time the youngster was holding off on signing a new deal with the Norwegian club, which he has since done, but that was to protect Rosenborg’s interests as much as anything.

We said in early August that we would need to see if we can sign other targets, and if not it could well be the club will move in for the Norwegian 21 year old, who has stacks of skill, and our readers in Norway seem to think he’s a star in the making.

That made sense to us at the time and it looks like Newcastle have now moved for the player – and we think we will have an excellent chance of attracting the boy to Tyneside.

And you have to believe he will have the necessary passion and pride to wear the world famous black and white striped shirt of Newcastle United!

Make sure to vote in our new poll on whether Per Ciljan Skjelbred would be a good buy at around £6M.

Stay tuned – and comments very welcome.



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236 comments so far

  • scottish mag

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #1

    just by someone who is creative plz, can he cut it in the prem?????

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  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #2

    i know what will happen, a few people will come on here saying “great signing” “watched him many times” and pretend they know all about him, when in reality they have never evan herd of him, let alone seen him play.

    if keegan whats him, i’ll accept that

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  • Chris H

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #3

    great signing” “watched him many times

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  • catawbamag

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed,
    Hes a great signing. Watched him many times. Know all about him. Surefire if there ever was one. 🙂

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Never seen him play, cannot really find anything on You tube either just to give us a hint.

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  • Nundo Fer

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Great signing, watched him many times, will be fantastic, plays basketball on his days off with Stephen Taylor

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  • mitch

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    never heard of him any good

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  • Ally

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I think he is an attack minded midfielder, which is what we need, also an international and at the right age

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  • Tore Torell

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #9

    6m is way too much for a unproven player like Skjelbreid. At 3 maybye, but 6 is madness.

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  • Nundo Fer

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Mitch he holds the world record for 3 pointers in one game, Taylor will be soooo jeallous

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  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Is he the “wow” signing promised by MA? I have a feeling Mike has something up his sleeve because he knows being outspent by Sunderland by some 25 Mil is not the way forward. 47 thousand on Saturday are being to vote with their feet and the restless natives will force our reluctant owner to put his hand in his pocket. I have never been so upbeat all season. Watch this space for a top signing this week. Or watch MAs credibility plummet and he does not want that. How can he stand with the away supporters. No fun there Mike is there?

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  • Tommy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Never heard of him, but being a Newcastle fan already, and the rumours are to be true that he is quality… Then…

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  • Chris H

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not too bothered about a WOW signing Daiv to be honest, but another 3 or 4 players of the calliber of Guthrie, Jonas and Coloccini and I’ll be well chuffed.

    I do think they are trying to get one though.

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  • Kurt

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Well I’m from Norway and I have seen this boy many times. He is a boy with great vision and can be a good player for Newcastle. He had a bad injury witch set him back some time ago but are over that know. He is a creative player with a great engine.

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  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #15

    We have signed two quality players and a steady midfielder in Guthrie. Muck like Butt. We have sold or released 7 players. We had a small squad and are presently 4 players in deficit. How the hell are we supposed to better last seasons 12th? We have top strikers but they are always injured. And they will always be injured. Owen and Viduka in their late 20s or 30s are not going to improve their fitness record. Answers on a postcard please.

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  • Coloccini's Curls

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Any one seen that AC Milan have signed Senderos On Loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move..

    Didn’t want him anyway!!!

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Know absolutely nothing about him anyone know if he’s any good?
    WHERE’S TOM TOON WHEN YOU WANT HIM????????????

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  • Ben

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Change the record, daiv.

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  • Todd

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #19

    He is just like Deco. Only unproven.

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  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Chris H
    My point is the owner has promised us a “wow”signing and it is important as to his credibility. No “wow” signing means you cannot believe a word he says. Selling the Club springs to mind and his denials? Not that I have ever believed a word that cometh from his mouth.

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  • billy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #21

    I wonder if Keegans meeting on Wednesday with MA and co is also a meeting with a new signing.

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  • Dan13

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #22

    i’m happy with our cheap signings, spurs prove that spendin big doesn’t always pay off, same with us a few year back with luque, emre etc for a total of around 50mil.
    I’m a hppy bunny so far like

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  • Lloyd

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    He would be a fantastic signing! As a norwegian I know about his skills, and I don’t see why he shouldn’t be good enough. His technique is good enogh for the PL as well as his work rate is among the best in Norway. He also has experience from Champions League.
    When he was 14/15 he trained a few times with Liverpool. He was invited back, but never did.

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  • A.L 9

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Daiv are you a spud or mackem by any chance?

    I tink a toon fan would know we’ve signed 4 players not 3 (Bassong ring a bell), and the 7 we let go were rubish and were not all from the senior squad.

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  • Kevin

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Another young creative midfielder would be a very good purchase at this time. Obviously not a Wow signing – boy, am I getting tired of that phrase – but to throw petrol on my own fire, does anyone else have the sneaking suspicion that Berbatov may be the Wow signing? I’ve seen very few ACTUAL quotes ever linking him to ONLY Manchester. He’s stated that Newcastle were his boyhood favorites. We’ve apparently got money to spend and he’d be an absolute hero here. I would hate to get myself excited over nothing, but I can see some logic in it.

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  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Ben
    The eternal optimist.
    3rd 4th or 5th this season then? Over to you. The team is obviously good enough and big enough and has no real weaknesses. We can all blow sunshine up each others orifices.

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  • Legs

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #27

    As far as I’m aware there has been no promise of a wow signing, daiv

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  • Ross G

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I know a bit about him, to be honest would prefer someone who has top league experience in such an important position. I must say though to sign a player that wants to play for and will work his socks off for you is as importnant as their ability. There are many players that have immense ability but are wasters like Ronaldo (Brazil), and Adriano. So far we have brought in players with the right attitude in Gutierrez, Guthrie, and Colo, and Per certainly joins them in coming in to prove themselves rather than solely on their reputation. It is a little odd though as when i have seen him play he usually drifts into wing positions which is not what we need.

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  • Robert

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #29

    buy him,pure class,though afraid that he’ll be injured by some of big epl defenders

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  • JP...from The Rock of Gibraltar!

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed- How do you know he’s coming??

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  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #31

    we need a creative midfeilder to sit alongside danny/barton in the midle. the think i like about danny is he plays it simple, keeps it simple in the middle, which is what we have needed since rob lee. but it’s ok having a player like this if you have a creative player alongside him; if you have two players of his mold in the middle, it wouldn’t be great.

    cheers, ed

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  • Chris F

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    some folk are never bloody happy, are they?

    i’ve never seen the lad play myself, but know a norwegian rosenborg fan who says he is quality, so if there’s any truth to it, could be a good bit of business.

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  • Nundo Fer

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Daiv is a Newcastle fan, I know him, he drinks in the Golden lion in Newcastle City

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  • XabbaR

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Im from Norway so I know a little bit about this player. He is a creative, attacking minded midfielder whom can pass the ball well. His technique is good, and he often sets up the forwards with great trough balls. Aint no Lampard or Gerrard, but he is young and one of the most consistent young players in Norway. The fact that he has established himself on the national team speaks for itself. Only problem though is that he recently signed an extension to his current contract with Rosenborg. And I personally dont think that he is worth 6M.

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  • robertsa

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    get him in please i cant wait for the first english comeentator to say his name rong. by the way does anyone no how to pronounce his name i rekon it is.

    per skill bread.

    but i havent a clue

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  • Ross G

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #36

    he is just like Deco only unproven wot a comment

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  • Chris H

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Daiv, I can’t remember Ashley promising us a wow signing. It’s other people taking his quotes out of context.
    Like I say, if we get one then I’ll be happy, but if we don’t I won’t blame Ashley for something he hasn’t even said.
    We don’t need prima donnas at this club mate. They’ve done nothing but hold our club back and cost us a fortune.
    I think if we can get into Europe next season we’ll see some big names come in, but it must be near to impossible to tempt WOW signing ATM.

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  • Tom

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #38

    I am from Norway, and I dont think he is good enough for our team. He was a huge talent 2 years ago, but a nasty challange on him in a CL game, has set him back. He has never reached the level he was at, and he does not play every game for RBK. So 6 mill is way to much. If we can have him for 2mill he will be an ok squadplayer.

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  • nightfall

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #39

    first of all i hope this big signing is not owen’s contract extension…

    as for this guy..don’t know anything about him..but if our new scouting team sees a potentialn in him…bring him!

    one question…what do you all think of obi mikel? he’s quite impressive, already experienced and still very young…i wonder if scolari has plans with him…i mean with essien, lampard, deco, possibly kaka, ballack, kalou…scolari just might let him go… what do you think of mikel?

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  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #40

    AL9
    Bassong is credited by Keegan as being one for the future along with several other juniors. Admittedly Bassong is on a different level. He is a squad player not a first teamer. Some here seem to want to fiddle while Rome burns. The fans who actually go to support the team know there is a serious problem. Thats why they did not fill the ground for the first time in ages. And that was the first game of the season which is very worrying. Lets hope we do not have a bad run.

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