Newcastle Back In For Per Ciljan Skjelbred


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.

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52 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    2 £10 million valued italian league players and also Skjelbred? Sounds like Kinnear actually wants to take this club forward and buy some quality players. Be a decent signing I reckon, if he loves the toon then he’ll know what it’s all about.

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  • indian toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    looks like fat joe aint selling newcastle!

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  • Geordie69

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Fat Ash u mean!

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  • Bob

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Well. Apparently Kinnear used to live just up the road from Arsene Wenger. And used visit training sessions regularly etc…

    They’re close friends and Arsene even wanted Kinnear as a scout before he came to us!

    (This was according to the Guardian’s football weekly podcast a couple of weeks back)

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Could end up being another Bassong/Guthrie signing, not intended for the first team straight away but hes bount to get his chance with all of the injuries we get, and i think he’ll shine the PL. Lets be honest though lads, we had the same shit all summer. Being promised signings by Keegan and Ashley, looks abit like a case of same old same old to me. Id love to be suprised, but it aint happening.

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  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    we wish ashley would sign players.

    kinnear is being played just like keegan.

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    andy i think only 1 player is from the italian league as he said that the other player has already scored against us this season which is probably denilson

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Ash splash the cash? not likely, gonna be sales first so who’s out the door first?

    Hopefully Ashley followed closely by Wise!

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    imo if we are going to beat chelski we have to have a go

    just look at what happened to the mackems when they tried t o sit back

    if we do the same especially with our defensive record we will get hammered

    if we have a go at chelski then we will atleast put them under some pressure

    we have players that can do something going forward like spidey martins zog owen can put a finish to things and if on his dady ameobi can be a threat

    (though its worth noting that i cant remember the last time he played against oposition of this quality)

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    quality player! bring it on!

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    i meant to say day not dady

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  • VikingToon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    this guy is amazing…. wonderful player with plenty talent.. he has a heart for newcastle and i think he would be a very good signing for us!

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  • Petey

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    daddy cool 😛

    i completely agree, we really need to bring the game to chelski. we did the same to FC manchester america, so why not!?!?

    cmon!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Would rather have Denilson, a DM who can pass the ball and shoot from distance.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Obafan-

    1st Xisco (Kinnear duznt like him)
    2nd Butt (to make way for Skjelbred)
    3rd Edgar (another 1 Joe duzn’t like)
    4th Enrique(if we get riise he’ll be long gone)!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    If we sell Enrique and Xisco it shows our club hasn’t got a clue. Not only do we need to BUILD on our squad, we haven’t seen the best of those two yet.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #17

    people say we dont need a dm because we have Butt,Geremi,Barton,Guthrie,Coloccini

    thats quite a long list but when you think about it how many of these are dm or play in dm?

    Coloccini- a dm played in cb
    Butt- played in cm but crap anyway
    Barton a cm
    Guthrie- a cm
    Geremi- played in rm
    Skjelbred- a natural dm!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope Wise stays, he has done a good job in my opinion, not perfect, but good.

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  • Spyro…I agree with you except with the shooting part….i think he’s awful in that.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Skjelbred is a CM not a DM

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    “we did the same to FC manchester america, so why not!?!?”

    Petey-that had me laughing mate!

    Spyr0-i would love to have denilson, but sadly i dont think its him kinnear is talking about. Did he not say these two are on loan with an option to sign? or did he say potential option to sign? would Wenger let Denilson go!?

    The other thing to be remembered as Shola points out is the fact that we’ve been fed all this rubbish previously, in the summer. Whats to say anything is going to change in Jan?, especially if ashley is “trying to sell” our club.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro I partially agree because we havn’t seen much of Xisco, and glimpses of Enrique make him out to be a decent player, but he gets caught sleeping and makes ridiculous decisions sometimes it’s unbelievable.

    Did you know he had the nickname ‘The Bull’ back in Spain, because of his physical, no nonsense defending? I think we went to buy a bull and came back with a chicken.

    I’d keep both of them on the books just for their age/potential side of things, and for cover but sparingly.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23

    To be fair, he is not eactly Gerrard from range, but he is more of a threat from distance than Butt

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Makes you wonder how many more players we missed out on because of Keegan, Bafetimbi Gomes is another as is Pocognoli.

    The under 18’s won 1-0 btw, Terry Mac’s boy got the goal.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Ross

    I agree about Wenger not letting him go. Denilson is Arsenals main DM now so i doubt we could sign him permanently. If we could though i would be ecstatic. Denilson and Barton, or Denilson and Guthrie in Midfied would be class.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Glad we missed out on Gomis, he may well be a good player in the future but he wouldn’t get the time he needs here. 4 or 5 games in the impatient fans will start slagging him off.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Spyro, stranger things have happened for the right money, like Spurs signing hot prospect Dos Santos from Barcelona, you know, sometimes players from these clubs aren’t unreachable.

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  • Partizan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Spyro…..Thats true,i thought you were comparing him to Skjelbred in shooting point of view.

    C’mon Ash…get Salihovic to Newcastle..the new Laurent Robert but much stronger than him.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Andy

    I agree about Enrique chickening out of tackles sometimes, he needs to improve on that. However, whilst inconsistent, some of his long passes are superb. He is also very good at shrugging people off of the ball and he makes some very good runs forward…when allowed to. I dont think Kinnear likes attacking fullbacks. Anyone noticed that Beye doesn’t attack anywhere near as much nowadays?

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #30

    its hard to believe that enriques nickname was the bull for his no nonsense defending

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Andy

    I hope so, Denilson is a great young prospect and it would be a steal to get him.

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32

    People said Wenger wouldn’t let Diarra go either but he did, he’s got Wilshire and Ramsey coming through who both play in the middle as well as Diaby so something will have to give.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #33

    beye-gotta remember that was in spain, the game isnt exactly too physical out there! he probably put a shoulder in or two and was branded an animal, “the bull” lol.

    Spyro-i’d love to have Denilson here, i think he’s excellent. He’s young, and he’s looked very impressive from what i’ve seen of him this year. i sadly, think it would be too good to be true considering our current state though.

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  • cc

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #34

    any links for the game?

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  • simon376

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anybody know of a link for todays game?

    As for this lad, never seen him play, but could be good to boost the numbers for us

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #36

    None of those mentioned are DM though Little Willie.

    Also, the Diarra situation was different. Diarra is clearly a very ambitious player and was not content with being a bit part player. Wenger had no choice but to let him leave as Flamini was immense last season and i suppose Wenger assumed he would extend his contract. Something that was proved wrong when Milan declared their interest.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Skellbred definitely has a good engine.
    That is something we need badly in Midfield as butt is like an old Tractor.
    I have been asking some of my buddies here in Norway about him as i don`t watch the TIPPELIGAEN and they have said he is a good player but Question marks over PL quality.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #38

    I would pay anything up to 15million for Diaby. He is a one of a kind player. No one else like him around. Superb anywhere in midfield and can even play as a striker if needed. His strength is unquestionnable, a threat in the air, can shoot with both feet and his ability to maintain possession is just as good as Hleb.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    In fact, if Wenger said he will let Diaby go for 20million i would want NUFC to put an offer in. He really is class and would only improve with more first team games.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Bendtner is in poor form right now and i think Arsenal will be willing to let him go. He is a class player and just needs a boost of confidence and more first team games. He would be perfect for our hold up striker. He would compliment both Owen and Martins.

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