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!