Newcastle Interested In 18 Year-Old Norwegian Defender

News today in the Sunday Sun that Newcastle are monitoring the progress of a promising Norwegian defender, Vegar Eggen Hedenstad.

Vegar Eggen Hedenstad – Newcastle interested

The 18 year-old Stabæk youngster has been impressive when watched by Newcastle scouts recently, and he has already played for his club 24 times with a single goal.

The  lad can play at either left-back or right-back, and the 18-year-old Hedenstad looks like he may be a top player in the making.

The Norwegian season starts in March, and the lad has looked impressive in the pre-season friendly matches.

But we hear that Manchester United may have already become interested in the Norwegian U-19 international, so that could give Newcastle a challenge.

But like his Norwegian compatriot 22 year-old Per Cijan Skjelbred,  Vegar is a lifelong fan of Newcastle United – so that’s good to hear.

We cannot find out too much about the 18 year-old, other than he stands 5’10” tall, and can play in either full-back position, which is an area that will need to be strengthened at the club in the summer.

And it wouldn’t surprise us at all if one signing we make this summer is midfield play-maker Per Cijan Skjelbred, should we get promoted.

He’s been a long term target for the Magpies for a couple of years now.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Feb 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    This is crazy, Skejlbred who is a life long NUFC fan and we fail to take advantage of this situation, Skejlbred from what i hav e heard is a promising young player with bags of potential why do we wait until its to late and then there is this kid Vegar Eggen Hedenstad who is also a life long NUFC fan who has MUFC sniffing. Why do we wait i just cannot understand it, NUFC should take advantage of the head start we have with them being fans of our club and get them signed on the dotted line. Move fast before more clubs become involved. On another note Routledge seems to be getting very litle recognition from the Cardiff game, if you look through the highlights again you will see he set up every goal, please correct me if i am wrong but that is the way i see it. I was at the game but didnt realise it myself until watching the highlights ohh and did anyone see Routledges Ronaldo step over cross……………….CLASSS?????

  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Routledge is pure class anyhow mate!!

  • OZ2

    Feb 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeh I thought Routledge was the best man on the pitch,also thought , had he got more of the ball against Leicester, we might have pinched it.

  • Chris G

    Feb 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon1978 – don’t worry about the Skejlbred situation, mate

    I don’t have any inside information and I’m just speculating, but it seems to me that if he has been a long term target for a couple of years now, and is a lifelong fan of Newcastle United, it’s just a matter of time before he signs for us

    As Ed hinted, that time will probably be in the summer, when the squad needs to be strengthened. For the time being it looks like the current squad is more than good enough to get us promoted

    I like the way that things are being quietly negotiated at SJP these days, and it wouldn’t surprise me either if Per Cijan Skjelbred is the first major signing we make in the next transfer window

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 7, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Hedenstad is a very good talent, at 18 he played 24 games last season for the 3rd place finisher in Tippeligaen, and at times i thought he was awesome..

    He played alot more games then his team-mate who signed for Celtic in the january transfer window.

    He loves going forward, has good technique, and is safe on the ball. A very good talent in my eyes.

  • baro

    Feb 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Also he is in Fifa 10!! LOL! 58 rating as original position center mid it says but turns 63 at left back.

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    If you want a decent reading on how good he is, you could check FM10 🙂

  • Hobs

    Feb 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s a got talent, no doubt about that. The problem might be that Norweigan clubs are hanging on to their local talents these days. There’s been a lot of negative talk about the very high number of forengin players in Norway over the last few seasons, and local stars like Skjelbred, Huseklepp and now Hedenstad are prized very high. Attendances has been falling in the Norweigan league. and the locals help filling up the stadiums.

  • Stabaekfan

    Feb 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    This lad is, in norwegian scale, a wonder kid!! No doubt! He is only 18 years old, but plays like he is 25. Vegar has some really good qualities: great pace, calmness, an excelent foot(right) and starts to get involved in the attacks. In defence he is good, but loose his position some times. However, this season he looks to have lot more strenght, and built some more muscels.

    You are not getting him cheap! But I think Premier League will suits him well in a couple of years. Good luck!


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