Newcastle Reported Interest In Norway’s Erik Huseklepp

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    All very positive but if we’re STILL scouting these guys and they’re any good, why haven’t they been snapped up by Newcastle United before the bigger boys move in?

    Dithering, as usual I’d say.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    No one cares I think I speak for everyone when I say that. The only thing we co care about is.

    A-: Club sold/ off the Market
    B -: new manager who and when

    And I also think I speak for everyone when I say fcuk off mike Ashley your destroying our club

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 13, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    If only………….

  • BigB75

    Aug 13, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    B-Toon :

    F*^k’n Ditto

  • dave 1961

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    come on mike what’s it going to be Nero or hero it’s up to you

  • belfast toon

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope the crazys are out on Saturday and I do hope their a protest, we are just rolling over and letting this fat peter griffin lookalike rape us.

  • Mags

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    I believe we are the only club from all of the leagues who have not signed a player. Says it all.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #8

    “Newcastle Reported Interest In Norway’s Erik Huseklepp”

    …my @rse. Ashley’s wallet incorporates an ingenious ratcheting system, that only allows currency in.

  • maarud

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    If Jonas goes to olympiakos, Husekleppe would be a great signing. MOM against Scotland last night, and on his way to become player of the year in Norway.
    So far this season he`s been brilliant. <– some of the things he`s done so far this season.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Mags, I think Stockport County are the OTHER ONE mate.

  • Hobs

    Aug 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Huseklepp is good enough to be a toon hit now.

    He was played in a new position as forward (previously winger) last season, but missed some big goalscoring opportunitys as he always managed to make a wrong step, ang get a defender between him, og narrowing his angle to the goal.

    However it’s easy to see that he’s worked on this during the winter break (norweigan season is mars-october) and he’s scoring in almost every match at the moment, and with that a LOT of man of the match awards.

    He’s got that extra cutting edge skill in front of goal, and has indeed made some very good goals lately. He’s also got some very good set piece delivery and take corners and crosse free kicks for his club providing a lot of assists.

    For those who donesn’t know him, imagine Peter Crouch’s technique, with pace., or you might remember Tore Andre Flo at Chelsea.

    Chelsea and other big clubs have been scouting him aswell, but i do not think he will end up at that lever quite yet. I think a top Champ club or a low end Premiership club will be right for him at this moment.

    Should be ours for £3-4mill.

  • Doocey

    Aug 13, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s all well and good being interested but I seriously doubt this player would be interested in joining us.

    Did it occur to anyone tat Al has kept awful quiet and now one of his MAIN targets gets a scouting report from us? Food for thought I suppose.

  • Mags

    Aug 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Rodzilla, thanks for that.

  • Colombus

    Aug 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Normally I wouldn’t be too eager to brag about footballers from Norway. But this time, I’ll make an exception. Huseklepp is a very good player with a very good attitude towards the game! He just might be a hit at NUFC! I’m from Norway and I have to say it’s been a long time since we had this type of norwegian player. He has that smooth ability to run towards the defences and cut through. This year he has also improved a lot in front of goal. A versatile attacker for the future, no doubt.

    In my opinion there’s another player that should have caught the eye of our scouts this year. In My opinion there’s in central midfield we need strengthening the most. I have 1 name for you, Makhtar Thioune of FK Molde.
    He has been a fantastic success at the Norwegian tippeliga this year, and is an absolute perfect player for us. Great engine, great passing and teqnique, and I think he would love the NUFC-challenge. His fellow countryman Mame Biram Diouf transferred to ManU earlier this summer. Makhtar Thioune is way better and would come for a cut price og 3-4 million! BUY this man!!!

  • Hobs

    Aug 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    There is no way we’ll get Thioune, he’s top 4 material!

    Huseklepp will want to join us, if no Premiership club is in for him. A little unsure if he’s powerful enough to make the very top level, but he’s gonna be a definite hit for us.

    He is the sole reason FK Brann win any matches these days.

  • Colombus

    Aug 13, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Thioune would jump at the chance to play for a club like NUFC. He has just played his first international for senegal and is definetely looking for options to step up his career. He’s playing for Molde for heavens sake. Put 4 million on the table and watch him embrace the oppurtunity!


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