Newcastle Being Linked With Norwegian Forward

TEAMtalk are reporting that Newcastle’s new long term manager Alan Pardew is looking to bring in some reinforcements in the January transfer window, but we wouldn’t expect those to be midfielders.

Jo Inge Berget – 22 year-old 6′ tall Norwegian forward

It seems like Newcastle’s weakness is still in defense, and we have already conceded 8 goals in our six league games so far, and with that average we’ll concede 51 goals in our 38 league games this season, which is exactly the number of goals we let in last season, when we had the worst defensive record of any side in the top eight.

The player they say Newcastle are watching is Norwegian club Molde’s midfield player – 22 year-old Jo Inge Berget – who can also play up front as a striker, and has appeared just once this year for the full Norway National side.

This is the first time we’ve been linked with this player, and since joining Molde from Italian club Udinese in 2010, Berget has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for his club, which is not exactly setting the Tippeligaen on fire, although he could still be a good player.

There will be a lot of reports linking Newcastle with players up to and including the January transfer window, and most of the reprots will not be accurate, and we think that’s the category this story falls into.

But we suppose there’s still a chance that Graham Carr has spotted this lad playing in Norway, and if that’s true we may even be interested – what’s Graham’s phone number again?

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28 comments so far

  • hatem786

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    news in every norwegian newspaper is that newcastle will buy jo inge berget in january for 1,8 £ and some people in molde fk have confirmed it that they been in contact with pl team…i think we should buy some better then him,he is 22 and he has done well with molde and they won tippeligaen last year and they are 1 now this year and they ole gunnar solskjaer fonmer manu striker as manager

  • hatem786

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2


  • tweaked

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    When will AP realize we don’t need any forwards right now… We bloody need defenders

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    @Tweaked, so because we are linked with a forward it means we aren’t after a defender? Just because we haven’t been linked with a Defender doesn’t mean he is not after one =.=

    Your over reacting for no reason.

    On the subject of this lad, if he has potential, at that price and range I think its a decent deal.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Norwegian footballers would struggle in the PL in this day and age.
    Trust me, i know.
    U won’t see many of our footballers go overseas to the PL anymore, most go to leagues slightly stronger than Tippeliga, but most don’t even make it there.

  • rainrix

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe its just that photo but he’s a rather androgynous looking dude 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    GK, DF, CM, ST, doesn’t matter which, we wont buy anyone. We’re doomed. We didn’t buy enough in the summer and now they will pay the price. Blah. Moan. Cabbage. Purple. Bleh.

    Hmmm…where are those pills….

  • wynsleap

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    A £2 million unknown forward – just what we really need!
    How about a class central defender – or is that too much to ask for?
    Buying Douglas and Debuchy in the close season would have really taken this club on. Unfortunately not doing so has knocked us further back than ever and the glory of European entry now looks like an irritant instead, due to injuries.
    Saylor will spend 50% of the season injured and Williamson just isn’t good enough. Did the manager and staff who apparently are competent enough to earn 8 year contracts not have the sense to see that?
    Will this club never learn?

  • rainrix

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza… Has the neggaires disease finally claimed you as well? Come back to the light, fight it ! 🙂

  • bills-son

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    If he’s a goal scoring midfielder thats exactly what we need. Tiute, Guti, Cabs etc., don’t score enough and it’s only HBA that weighs in apart from Ba and Cisse.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    BOOOOO!!!!! Stop looking at other players. Don’t you dare scout, discuss or anything a player unless they’re a defender.

    Although, I don’t know why they’d bother, they’ll just offer half of what they’re worth and then walk away from the deal.


    Let’s just put everyone on long term contracts and endure more of this circus. Eight years of:

    Pardew – Manager of the year award winner with his first full season in charge of NUFC, getting us 5th and Europa League.
    Carr – One of the best scouts in England. Finding us gem after gem and having a major hand in transforming our team from hard grit to hard grit, skill and serious potential.
    Carver, Woody and Stone – Local coaches, bringing the history to the players and forming a great team atmosphere.

    It really is bad times for us. Fear for the worst people.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Linked with a 22 year old from the Norwegian league for under 2 mill. Good grief, now Mike is just brazenly taking the piss.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13


    is woody a local coach?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix….Not at all. It seems my sarcastic rants are busting out of me.

    I’ve spent the fast few weeks really trying to clean the slate and to get some perspective, as many were accusing myself and others of bullying with optimism. But to be honest, it’s all doing my head in (Slight exaggeration, yes). I will sensibly debate anything with anyone, as long as they will do the same.

    Any soap box doom mongering will likely be met with sarcasm and disdain.

    For the record, all are entitled to their opinions. There is a major difference between voicing concerns and generally just throwing negative tripe all over the place.

    I thought I was quite a cynical person, but some of the people on here make it their lives work, so back to the drawing board for me. Anarchy is back.

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I see we are pulling a Barcelona by ignoring our needs for a CB and targeting more forwards…

    Perhaps MA will whip out some extra cash to buy a defensive midfielder, and we can spend the rest of this year struggling to convert him to a center half 🙂

  • rainrix

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza.. Ha i knew it all along, although that penultimate paragraph sounded a bit blog policy. Anarchy is fine but don’t force your “all opinions are valid” bs on us you”re no better than stalin 😉

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza is filling in for that Ketsabia guy I see 🙂

  • rainrix

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    that was supposed to say policey not policy 🙂 i forgot that was a word 😉

  • Graeme

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    It will be cheaper to get Bambi fitted with a new knee, maybe a hip while he’s there. Will give him another 3 or 4 years at the top – wheres the problem lol

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda…I actually have not a clue. Just thought I’d throw him in there.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Alot of potch talk going on i see:-)

    Whos got fifa 13 on ps3 and whats your name i will add later

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    89Norcal….I’ve always had an ambition to be like kets, just never had the confidence to give it a go.

    Rainrix….A bit blog policey? Oh yes, that will be deemed as a new character for me.

  • norwegian magpie

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I live in Molde and see this player play week in and week out. And i doubt he would make it in the pl. i dont really rate him that high. i dont really think there is anyone in tippeligaen that is good enough for newcastle to be honest

  • tequilamag

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    “I worked out an anarchistic theory that all government is evil, that the punishment always does more harm than the crime and the people can be trusted to behave decently if you will only let them alone.”
    -George Orwell
    Clearly George Orwell never had the chance to blog on this site.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Tequila…Not so sure. This blog is pretty comparable to Animal Farm if you ask me.

  • nufc 11

    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Yanga Mbiwa is the player we need, Or Alerwield frm Ajax or even Douglas but we def need a a CB/LB some of our goals conceeded lately are far far too soft, I did say it about Colo to that once player hit the 30/31 mark they start picking up injuries like taxi’s pick up fares when everyone was saying give him the 3/4year contract awhile back their is alot of the clubs money tied up in him and id say its safe to say the treatment room will be seeing alot more of him. Young player with experience are the future.

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Oct 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #27

    He’s a decent player. His mediocre goal-to-game ratio is down to the fact that he often plays in an offensive midfield position. I’ve seen a couple of his games in the Molde-shirt. He looks okay, but IMO not good enough for Newcastle and Premier League.

  • The Bigger Toon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesus!! Jo Inge Berget? Really? He is struggeling to keep up whit the pace in Norway. And belive me, that is not high!! Crap news, also untrue. He is going to Fc Copenhagen.


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