Newcastle Fan Per Ciljan Skelbred On Way To Newcastle?

Chris Hughton is currently drawing up a list of targets, but if the players come in, it will have to be on a loan deal – at least initially.


Per Ciljan Skelbred – a Newcastle supporter since a boy
If these players are good, a loan deal is fine because it does have advantages for the club – we can see how the player performs, he will be motivated to do well to secure a permanent deal, and we can then sign him full time in the summer, if he’s proved his worth.

And hopefully by the summer the club will have noney to spend if we can make it back to the Premier League.

So as long as the loan players come to Newcastle with a pre-arranged transfer fee (negotiated low because we are still a Championship side), that might not be a bad way forward after all – and we have to think that’s what Derek LLambias was probably talking about earlier today.

If we can bring 4 good loan players in during January – it wouldn’t cost the club too much – their wages plus a loan fee – but we wouldn’t need to splash out on transfer fees until the summer.

That even sounds like a good business plan -hey, what’s going on here? 😀

However, the arrival of Rosenborg’s Skjelbred could be on an initial loan deal, with a view to a permanent move.

The 22-year-old has been a Newcastle target for 18 months, and we nearly brought the play in last September, before the Keegan Wise LLambias earthquake erupted.

Since then Newcastle’s scout Norman Wooster has been keeping tabs on the Scandinavian star, and our Norwegian readers habve been high on theis central midfgiled youngster.

He’;s creative which is what we are missing when wqe plkay Butt and Smith together in Newcastle midfield.

And with Norway’s Tippeligaen season due to end for the winter break, Skjelbred is apparently available for a loan deal.

A Rosenborg source told the Evening Chronicle today from Norway:

“We’ve been told that the Skjelbred transfer situation will continue, with a potential loan move for the midfielder now in the works during the Norwegian off-season (November to March).”

“That’s  with a view to a permanent transfer should there be a possibility for it.”

And we know Skjelbred would just jump at the chance to join Newcastle, and the rumor is he’s offered to swim across the North Sea to play for the club – but isn’t it cold this time of year ?

Hughton must soon decide whether to extend the loan deal for Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood, but Marlon is the only loan player that Hughton has brought in that hasn’t been a success with Danny Simpson and Zurab Khizanishvili both looking good, and we probably want to sing both of them.

But with money tight maybe we’ll see their loan spells extended to the end of the season – but it would be a mistake not to keep them at the club this season.

We don’t expect the loan deal to be extended – Marlon hadn’t been good enough to start for the team, so why extend his contract when our very own Shola is back in 4 weeks?

That’s what we think – let’s  know your opinions and ideas on this – comments always welcome.

22 comments so far

  • coopertoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #1

    get him in now if wise was after him he must be a good player [joke] i have to say i dont know anything about this player but he has to be beeter than butt, smith and Skjelbred not to bad.

  • Alex

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope we land Skjelbred , after all its looking like thier will be money coming in with the sale of Jonas and if we send Harewood back to villa then surly those two off the wage bill plus the say 5 to 6 million in for jonas would be enough to get him and a couple of other loans in . i would like too see skjelbred , Killgalon , plus another ACM in and keep zurab & simpson untill the end of the season all with an agreement to buy written into the deals . Lets dump geremi as well that would , along with Jonas be a big release of money from the wage bill .

  • komfort

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    never seen him play and with this lot of shithouses in charge of our club probably never will……same old same old …sell sell sell !!!…


  • MacToon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    He’d be too expensive for us!

    Loan players are usually loan players for a reason however there are some gems around but we have to be careful of those like Harewood IMO.

  • kristfro

    Nov 4, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I was at Rosenborg’s last home game of the season and he was playing alright. Looked fresh.
    This is a player who no doubt have the skill to play in the upper part of the championship, and he is also a very hard working lad who I believe would rise with almost any challenge. He also has experience from CL and with Norway. As a type he’s very aggressive, offensively minded and is a dominant presence in Rosenborg.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    FCB OUT !!

  • chuck

    Nov 4, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Rather see us pursue Johnson at Citeh a proven talent who will have a hard time getting playing time, plus his defensive team mate Oanahu.
    Neither would be cheap, but if we have PL ambitions , we should be pursuing the kind of talent required for that division.

  • Incentino

    Nov 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Skjelbred would be an excellent player. No doubt. However, he plays for the most successful football club – both currently and historically.

    It is also a well managed club finaciallywise. And there is absolutely no way they would let him go for less than £5,3 million.

    Also, although Newcastle United is his favorite football club outside Norway, Rosenborg is his favorite club in Norway.

    And to add to it: Rosenborg is set to compete to qualify for Champions League next season.

  • hisnameisjonas

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #9

    skjelbred is just what we need, he is an offensive midfeilder with a similar engin to dyer if not even better. saw that somone was mentioning johnson because he was proven, but I belive that skjelbred has more experience because he has been in the national team regulary the last year and has experience at the highest level in europe trough sevral seasons in cl and uefa cup. he started games for rosenborg in the cl at the age of 18 and was rocking until he broke his leg against olympiakos. And today the manager of rosenborg stated that he is going to take over the national team of sweeden next year, so he will be gone. Plus his best friend at the club, Alexander Tettey, went to a spanish club in august so maybe he also are up for a new callange. I always tought the question was when not if this player was going to play in one of the biggest leagues in europe and I think that january may be the best window when we really can get this player.

    also we would get to see the better of jonas with a player like skjelbred because he will have a player who uses the room that jonas creates when he is taking on players

  • hisnameisjonas

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    haha nice picture Ed 😛

  • stuart no9

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #11



  • stuart no9

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #12

    your easily pleased arnt ya

  • stuart no9

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Ive been a newcastle supporter since i was a boy , does that mean that if i bring my boots along i”ll get a game as well? what aload of tosh

  • ark13y

    Nov 5, 2009 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Incentino how is he worth £5.3 million?

  • jlarsen

    Nov 5, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #15

    u shdnt make fun of this. This would be an incredible signing for us. Amazing teqhnique and very high work-rate! A creative midfielder is what we need! You should have seen him playing against Valencia some time ago, he was absolutely all over the place. His stamina, determination and flair is just awesome. He is very important to Rosenborg, which is a much better side than our own at the time. He has played very well in Champions League, shown that he has something to do on the highest level! Why wouldn’t we want to sign a player like that? This could be our new fans favourite, no doubt about it. And as a fan, he will be loyal and stay with us through thick and thin.

  • premier

    Nov 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    ark13y– He must be using the benchmark set by Alex of £5-6m for Jonas!!

  • Robbanufc

    Nov 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    He was ready to sign for us in the August as Ed mentioned, but now that we’re a championship club we will not get a player like Per Ciljan. He is class, has been playing champions league since he was 18 years old. He’s creative, hard working, got good technique, good pace, incredible stamina, can play at many positions in the midfield. (AMR, AMC, MC).

    If we got him, I would surely be a very happy guy! Would most likely cost us around £6m

  • applepine

    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #19

    he wont come to the championship, and i highly doubt he will be able to cope physically anyway.. he has potential, but NEVER scores

  • Macedonia toon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    We should buy Larson from Birmingam and Johnson from city. They will help in the midfield. Good creative midfileders that is what we need!!! Proven talents like someone mention.

  • jasonbourne

    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Ciljan is very much the same player like Dyer, a hard working offensive player, who can create goal opportunities out of nothing. I follow Rosenborg back here home in Norway, and will say that he would be an excellent loan deal for Newcastle. Rosenborg would have no problem with letting him on loan from now to march since there season is over. My guess is that he would go straight into the starting eleven. He’s a player for the future, and thats the kind of players Newcastle should get, and he will adapt quickly to the english game.

    PS! The snow has started to fall, so I think he would be very interested.

  • jasonbourne

    Nov 5, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe I should add that he’s on the list of 50 most interesting talents in the world.


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