If Joe Kinnear is still manager come the January transfer window, it looks like we will be signing quite a few players in January.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred – keen to sign for Newcastle United
Newcastle had tracked Norwegian wonder boy Per Ciljan Skjelbred closely over the summer, and it looks like he will be a definite target for the club in January, if Mike Ashley still owns the club.
The news today is that Newcastle were all ready to bring the Norwegian to the club in late August, but the move was blocked by Kevin Keegan as part of the disagreements that were going on with Kevin and the Board.
Apparently the collapse of the deal left the youngster devastated. Skjelbred 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.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that an agreement is in place for Skjelbred to sign for Newcastle in the next couple of months – depending on the circumstances surrounding the ownership of the club.
A source close to Skjelbred said today:
“The clubs have apparently reached agreement for a January move for Per Ciljan Skjelbred from Rosenborg to Newcastle.”
“If the club is not sold and Joe Kinnear remains manager come January.”
“Nothing is official until then.” “There’s been no say on a price tag as of yet, but it’s fair to assume it would be around £6m-£7m.”
Skjelbred has played 70 times for Rosenberg with 8 goals to his name, and has played at least 5 times for Norway. In October 2007, Per Ciljan Skjelbred was named as one of the world’s 50 biggest talents by Italian football magazine Guerin Sportivo
Bolton, Blackburn, Hull City, Spurs and Aston Villa are also interested in the youngster.