There is more news in the papers today of Newcastle’s interest in 25 year-old Norwegian winger/striker Erik Huseklepp.
Erik Huseklepp – Newcastle target?
The Sunday Sun have interviewed Erik’s agent today, and there doesn’t seem to have been any official approach from Newcastle yet.
Huseklepp’s agent, Stig Lillejord, told the Sunday Sun:
“I have heard nothing from Newcastle but have had plenty of calls from people saying they are interested again in Erik,”
“Until I hear from Chris Hughton or anyone at the club, it is still just rumour. But a move to Newcastle, now they are back in the Premier League, would be perfect for Erik.”
“I have spent the last 10 days or so in France, where there is a lot of interest in him. But he would be a success in England.”
“He has great pace and can play left, right or playing behind a striker through the middle.”
Huseklepp has been watched many times by Newcastle scouts over the last twelve to eighteen months, and he would provide competition to both first team wingers Routledge and Gutierrez, and can also operate up front as a striker.
“He is more or less a regular for Norway now and is clearly an international player,”
“He has also started the Norwegian league season very well despite Brann struggling in general.”
“And although he only signed a new contract at Brann in February, that should not be any problem if a Premier League team made an offer for him.”
“Whatever happens, I think he will be leaving this summer.”
We’re not sure what bid Newcastle will consider suitable for the Norwegian International, but we would think they’d love to capture the player for say £2M.
We also hope that Chris Hughton will move quickly in the transfer market, and bring players in quickly this summer.
That sometimes that is not possible for various reasons, but it would be beneficial if Newcastle can get their new players in quickly to give the lads every chance to settle on Tyneside, and get used to their new new colleagues.
Next season is a vital season for Newcastle United, there’s little doubt about that, and the club must strengthen the squad this summer.