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!
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Stay tuned – and comments very welcome.