Norwegian Skjelbred Wants To Join Newcastle – Sign Him

Newcastle target for the last 12 months, the highly-rated Norwegian midfield player, 21 year-old (he is 22 tomorrow) Per Ciljan Skjelbred, still wants to join the Tyneside club he has supported since he was a boy.


Per Ciljan Skjelbred – still keen to join Newcastle

That’s despite the disastrous drop into the Championship, and that’s something we like to hear and it will give the Newcastle fans a little lift – once a Newcastle fan – always a Newcastle fan.

And it’s these type of players, who want to play at the club, because of the club itself, and its legendary fan base, are players we need to bring in during the summer.

And sources close to the player have suggested he would even turn down the chance of Premier League football with Sunderland, or nay other club for that matter, to fulfil his ambition of playing at Newcastle.

The Norwegian international is interesting new Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, while Tottenham, Fulham and Italian club Torino, are also interested in the youngster.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Alan Shearer, who has been virtually ignored by the ever-increasing weirdness of owner Mike Ashley, and is said to be still interested in the hard-working Rosenborg playmaker. Shearer is likely to follow up that interest should he finally be given the Newcastle job.

But if he is handed the job soon, the question will why the hell wasn’t Alan appointed earlier before a lot of his tergets have gone?

But in truth we’ve lost all confidence in Mike Ashley, who appears to be being even spiteful, by his conduct of the last couple of weeks.  It’s not the fault of Newcastle fans that he’s lost £150M or whatever, it’s his own incompetence at the Newcastle club which caused that.

The Evening Chronicle is now reporting that Shearer has not missed out on five potential new signings because of the stalemate at St James’ Park, but Skjelbred, like Jermaine Beckford at Leeds United, is prepared to play the waiting game for Newcastle and Shearer.

How long will Ashley be allowed to screw up the club becomes a very good question right now.

Skjelbred was born in Trondheim, Norway on June 16th, 1987, and has been capped for the Norwegian U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U21, and he has played 8 times for Norway with a single International goal.  The youngster has played 112 times for the Rosenburg club scoring 15 goals.

In October 2007, Per Ciljan Skjelbred was named as one of the world’s 50 biggest talents by Italian football magazine Guerin Sportivo.

A source close to the Norwegian 21-year-old told the Chronicle from Rosenborg today:

“He is unconcerned about Newcastle’s relegation, as he’s certain they’ll be back up in the Premier League after only one season in the Championship.”

“And he is hoping to get to play for Alan Shearer, who is one of his heroes.”

“There was talk of a move to Sunderland, but he has his heart set on Newcastle. If he doesn’t go to Newcastle, he is unlikely to sign for their greatest rivals.”

The Norwegian’s wage demands would be minuscule compared to the high earners and low producers at the club right now.

In fact, the Chronicle today is saying that Skjelbred wants no more than £8K/week, which we may even be able to afford, given our current circumstances.

The transfer fee for this play-making midfielder would be around £5M, and the boy wants to come – so let’s sign him – please!

There were significant rumors that Newcastle were all set to sign the youngster last September 1st, and the deal had been arranged.

But because of the Xisco, Gonzalez, Wise earthquake with Kevin Keegan on that Monday, we understand the plug was pulled on the Norwegian deal, and the lad was more than a little upset at that time that he wasn’t joining the Magpies.

Let’s break our deadlock of doing nothing for the last 3 weeks, and sign this boy!

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Jun 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Takeover…Sign Shearer…Sign this lad!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    No to Shearer he couldn’t manage a chip shop.

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I hate these player rumours – nothing will change until the club is sold. Ashley is quite happy to set us down the league 1 river. Did anybody else read the filth that Llambias sent out in the season renewal packs?? ‘Newcastle have had a good 16 year stay in the premiership’ patronising f****r it’s as if we should shrug off relegation because we’ve had a good run!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 15, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Phillipe – Aye mate I read that and said pretty much the same thing.

    Didnt stop me from signing up for another year – roll on 8th August – lets hope we have a home match to start the season. I think that would raise spirits – whoever is in charge.

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Graeme – You’re a better bloke than I am! I read it and thought there’s no way on this earth i’m giving you £600 until you sell up and ship out mate. I will never forget his smug look at the hull game – I still believe they engineered a relegation and they’re doing their upmost to engineer a second one

  • AussieToon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I must say I love this kid.

    He is one of us and if he does arrive at St.James’ Park, he should be given a special welcome.

    We don’t have many that would go to teh lenghts of coming to this football club like this boy.

    Just wish Alan would be signed up and some signings and selling can be done.

    Not long till season starts.

  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    What the hell can we do to get these idiots out of our club?! Can we write a letter to the FA??

  • RyanToon

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    skjlebred would be a top signing 😉

  • Macas35

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Might be a daft question, but is this kid actually any good?

  • Partizan

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Too bad i didnt get the chance to speak with this lad on June the 6th when they played Macedonia.

    He went to bed at 10 pm unlike John Carew and Pedersen who stayed till 12.30 am and had a nice conversation with those 2.

    I asked Pedersen if Skjelbred is a good player….he told me”Skjelbred is more inteligent than our whole midfield put together.

    Well can’t really blame him for that,can i?! 🙂

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Bd’s Q….. “but if he is handed the job soon, the question will why the hell wasn’t Alan appointed earlier before a lot of his tergets have gone?”

    My A…. Could it be that Al said he’d flush out Ashley’s intentions for the club and did. Ergo, MA don’t trust him and won’t appoint him.

    In short, Ashley’s was fund oot!

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Bd’s Q = Ed’s Question!

  • Partizan

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Tomorow is his birthday 🙂

  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #14

    The Chronicle’s sources had him as a done deal in January if Kinnear was still here which turned out to be b0llocks, ditto last Summer.

    3 windows running the Chronicle have been pushing this story now and still people believe it.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I would be interested in hearing who these targets are that Shearer has missed out on, because unless it’s Kaka or Gareth Barry then it looks more like propaganda by the local rags to fire the fans up to try and put more pressure on the club to give Shearer the job.

  • Partizan

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Ranger…..Shearer will get the job with or without the pressure,and Mike will be gone by then.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Interesting theory, lesh. I hope it’s wrong, but I can’t think of much evidence except Big Al’s silence on the issue. If he has fallen out with Ashley, he’d have said something by now.

    I’m with Toon Graeme – I’m just hoping that things are actually happening in the background and that it’s legal and financial constraints – plus Ashley’s unbelievable lack of communications skills – which are keeping things mushroom-like.

    Does anyone know of any players we’ve been after but who have signed elsewhere? Until that starts happening I’m grimly clinging to the hope that these guys are all ready to sign.

  • boater

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #18

    @Macas35 // Jun 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    “Might be a daft question, but is this kid actually any good?”

    That is a daft question.

    An un-named source in a re-hashed story claims the brother of his agent overheard him saying something about supporting Newcastle over 10 years ago.

    Is that not good enough for you lad? At least join in with the rest of us seeing it as more ammunition to mount vitriolics against Ashley …. who by the way is TRYING OPENLY to sell the club for the SECOND TIME.

    What more can he do at the moment to move things along? I’m curious.

  • waddler

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #19

    l don’t know how good this lad is but if we had 20 or so players with his attitude we would be in Europe next season and not the championship.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Ranger…..Shearer will get the job with or without the pressure,and Mike will be gone by then.


    I think you’re missing the point.

    The papers are trying to force Ashley to appoint Shearer now, not when someone else comes in and Ashley has left.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #21

    boater: he could tell us what the hell is going on, for a start.

  • GatesheadMag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #22

    No.1 will sign for us until ashley leaves or we have a manager. I mean whos going to release the funds, and who has singled out a player to sign at the minute? Cant believe that were getting linked with loads of players!!

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed- “once a Newcastle fan – always a Newcastle fan.”

    Unfortunatly I was deepley sad to see one of my close friends stop supporting Newcastle as soon as the final whistle blew v Aston Villa- Now a Sunderland supporter ! True story! But I guess some people are like that 🙁

  • GatesheadMag

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Cant believe you said friend. Shouldnt that be ‘former friend’. The scum, was never a true Newcastle fan then was he?

  • jim

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed-nice header pic change mate-get Gascoine and Waddle on and ya sorted! haway- u cant leave Gazza out mate! one of our own! and waddler!

  • Stardust

    Jun 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Boater “What more can he do at the moment to move things along? I’m curious.”

    They say he MUST give it away apparently – like he owes that lot a dam thing.

  • Mexes

    Jun 15, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Im from Norway, and i’ve been watching Skjelbred in every national game and many games for Rosenborg. This kid is gold. Plays with passion and doesnt stop until the final whistle blows. He played a poor game for Rosenborg later the same day we lost at villa park, and u could see the dissapointment in his face. He looked absolutely gutted! He made several comments after the game, about how tough it was for him to see Newcastle go down!

    He needs to be signed up asap, before any other big club comes in for him.

  • ToonRy

    Jun 15, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #28


    but waddler is a pr*ck tho cannit put him on nd not bovad bowt gascgoine i wud put keegans entertainers up mixed with bobbys entertainers

  • jim

    Jun 15, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    toon wry-i disagree- Waddle WAS an entertainer! One of the very best and first! An eighties’ Ginola! He could turn a game with his runs down the wing and dip n curl crosses and goals-he helped us get promoted ! He scored loads every season-and gazza was the best young talent to ever come from the region……

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 15, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #30

    a friend of mine, who is Roma thru & thru, actually told me the other day that he thought Gazza( a former Lazio player, Roma’s arch rivals) was the greatest english footballer ever…Make of that what you will…

    …Gazza’s mush would be a worthy addition…Regardless of his divvy personality!..

  • CcB

    Jun 15, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    In Norway he is famous for throwing up during games… true story!

    Big talent, great workrate.

  • KevinHann

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #32

    The vision we have about this player is exactly what we need right now – even if it costs say 5mil.

    Though whether the vision we have is true or it has been manipulated by the papers is another matter. He is our fan? Why don’t I see an interview with him saying that then? He is prepared to wait and even turn down Sunderland for us – who claims this but our local papers?

  • madman67

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #33

    punk skunk – totaslly agree with ya about gazza, a grt player whilst at toon, always prefered watching him to waddle.

    nd the way he played up to the corner in late 80,s was so funny nd a joy to watch mate. was there at the infamous vinnie ball crushers game, class image that 1 lol. truly a grt geordie footballer, without doubt.

  • jim

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #34

    punk skunk-exactly what i was on about mate-famous great Newcastle United players…..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Madman & jim,
    …That’s what i’m talkin’ about!..

    …Pure skill, class & entertainment…World beater,
    in anyones book-Surely!..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Interestin’ mexes,
    ta for thaat!..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #37


  • Lasse

    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #38


    Trust me, he is a BIG fan of Newcastle.
    He was interviewed the day after we were relegated and he was heartbroken.
    By the way he makes around 12-15K in Norway, no way would he accept 8K in Newcastle.
    £3-3,5M should be enough to get him.

  • LoonyToony

    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Lads an Lasses,

    Have we all made a nice little donation to Sir Ed Harrisons site?

  • CcB

    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Surely he’s on 12-15K a month, not a week…?
    8K a week would be a big payrise for him.


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