One thing Newcastle fans have really missed this summer is seeing new players come into the squad, or even the news that we are interested in some players.
Erik Huseklepp – Newcastle interested in this player?
But news today that the Magpies are tracking 24 year-old Norwegian international Erik Huseklepp – who is an attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle sent scout Norman Wooster to the Ullevaal Stadion for Norway’s clash with Scotland to run the rule over Huseklepp once again.
Huseklepp scored Norway’s third goal in a 4-0 victory over the Scots.
Sunderland also represented in Oslo and understood to be keen on Huseklepp too, as are Chelsea and French side AS Rennes.
Alan Shearer was first interested in the Norwegian early in the summer and Per Ciljan Skjelbred, another Norwegian, who is a lifetime Newcastle supporter, was also getting his interest at the same time.
The 6’1″ Huseklepp has played 6 times for the Norwegian National side.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is unwilling to pump in any funds for incoming transfers, but this report of scout activity may mean that Newcastle are ready to appoint a permanent manager soon, and at least a few players could be brought into the club on loan or via the normal transfer activity.
The eight-player shortlist that Alan Shearer had drafted in May has seen all but one of those targets move elsewhere, with only Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford the survivor of the list, and he could still end up on Tyneside, if Shearer is made the new manager.
A Newcastle source said:
“The scouts are still doing their thing even with the club in its current state, and they have been following Skjelbred and Huseklepp for a while now.”
We have to hope that Mike Ashley will get off the fence and decide soon whether he is going to still sell the club. But we’ve given up even trying to predict what this man will do.
With just 18 days to go in the transfer market, time is now of the essence.