Newcastle Remain Interested In Norwegian Midfielder

Newcastle were linked with Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim in July, and at the time it looked like the Tyneside club would be keen on signing the 22 year-old when his contract runs out next summer.

Abdisalam Ibrahim

Abdisalam Ibrahim – Norwegian midfielder interesting Newcastle

The player was born in Mogadishu, Somalia back in 1991, but his family moved to Norway in 1998, and he has so far played for all the Norway Youth sides, from U15 through U23,  and he was signed by Manchester City from Fjellhamar in early 2007.

Since that time he has been loaned out to various sides including Scunthorpe United , NEC and for the last two season he’s been on loan at Norwegian club Strømsgodset.

Since the player will be available as a free agent next June, other clubs are also interested in the 6’2″ midfielder,  including the likes of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Sevilla, Espanyol, Real Betis, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux – in addition to Newcastle.

It could be that Manchester City will allow him to leave in January, so at least they will get some kind of fee for him, and it could be that Newcastle would be interested in signing the player, who has been compared to former Arsenal great Patrick Vieira.

We hope that Joe Kinnear will look to bring in one more striker and also a top center-back in January to fortify the Newcastle defense, which still seems to be the weak link in the side this season, as it was last season.

But Newcastle are always interested in good young players who can be brought into the club on the cheap, and Abdisalam Ibrahim certainly its that profile.

What do you think?

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25 comments so far

  • Ciaran

    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    My mother always told me that if I cannot say anything nice, then I should not say anything at all…

  • Bearsize

    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #2

    If you use your manners, you will always be welcome back! That was always a classic 🙂

  • Graeme

    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    If he was sent to us gift wrapped for Christmas, there is NO doubt, Jokin Ear would make a complete balls of the transfer.

    The mere fact the player aint called Fred, or Pete, or Jim becomes a major obstacle to Smokin Joe.

    Oh dear, so sad.

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 8, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Ruddy; You obviously take no notice of your mother!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 8, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning lads!

    If he is free then I bet we are interested 😉 lol

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 8, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Cabaye wants to go to Arsenal, as you would, because we aren’t competing at the top and won’t strengthen. Newcastle don’t want to sell him unless it’s for a top price. There’s a tension, as you’d imagine. No conspiracy, just a disconnect. It happens, but the bad blood festers and nags away.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 8, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #7

    There must be a heavy fine on cabaye or any other player revealing internal club affairs.
    Everyone isnt joey barton…

  • John Tudor

    Oct 8, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #8

    no good unless he is a pirate

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Golly, it seems to have been quiet on here during the night – even the doom merchants?

    Surely not or have they jumped ship?

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Ah ha. Should have realised it was a school night!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Cabaye’s comments may have something behind him, at the time I thought he was being prevented from playing, as they wanted him fit for a sale, I since retracted the view when he was allegedly fined. But now… not so sure anymore….

    However, all he has done here is virtually request a transfer, every single player that has made thinly veiled or blatantly obvious slights on hierarchy or even insinuated that there was something more at work has been shipped on.

    A clever move from Cabaye, given the state of distrust and ill feeling towards Ashley and Kinnear. He will now most likely get a move in Jan or the Summer at around that £10million figure and look like he has made a stand against the lies and mis/non information peddled by the club.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #12

    hero to zero to hero again haha

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #13

    A person who refuses to appear for a trial and refuses to speak,can never be proved wrong.
    He always has the benefit of doubt. Eyewitnesses are his employees and are scared and/or have contract clauses barring them from giving statements.

    This makes it easy to defend Ashley. He is always Not Guilty unless Proven.

    The strange part is,even if Ashley is proven guilty,he wont change.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Well the last chance of a half decent manager coming in has gone now with Poyet making a career damaging decision to go down the road.

    So I think this is now what it’s always going to be. Really hard to get enthused at games any more.

    Yes we beat a poor looking newly promoted Cardiff but with our manager we’ll always win the odd one here and there to keep our heads above water before normal service is resumed.

    Another 7 years of mediocrity interspersed with flirting with relegation and failing in cups. 50000 home fans will make sure of it.

    My dad used to say the fans would turn up to watch 11 black and white dogs. He wasn’t wrong! Our biggest asset, ie the fans is also our biggest achilles heel. ”Time 4 change” is ironic.

  • BuckLuck

    Oct 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda heights

    Spot on.

  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Is Poyet a decent manager? No premiership experience, limitted championship experience and he left his last job under a cloud. Most mackem managers last an average of about 18 months and I don’t think he will fair any better!

    Incidentally am I right in thinking Pardew has faced a different manager in every derby game?

  • Rainrix

    Oct 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Martoon… Not entirely mate, he faced brucie and o’neill twice.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #19


    In a word yes (he is.) How do you get experience if someone doesn’t give you a chance. It shouldn’t be an automatic reason not to be hired. No Poyet hasn’t been a manager in the PL yet but he hasn’t failed at it either as you are sneeringly implying he would.

    As fas as I know he hasn’t nearly relegated 3 different teams or had 2 record losing streaks in 2 different clubs history.

    Poyet teams also play great football. Poyet did well at Leeds and Brighton, has huge experience of being a very successful player in the PL, has a mass of contacts and brought an assistant from Barcelona so we know how he likes to play.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #20

    cheers buck luck

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Which assistant did he bring from Barcelona?? His assistant at Brighton was Muriccio Taricco who got the job immediately after being a player at Brighton. A player signed by Alan Pardew for West Ham many years ago.

  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda – I wasn’t sneering just expressing an opinion that I don’t think he is any better than Di Canio. You can twist facts to suit your argument – you could also say Pardew has got to a cup final, finished 5th in the premiership and won manager of the year.
    I do agree Poyet’s teams have played good football but will he be allowed time at the mackems to adopt his style in a results driven club.

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda heights // Oct 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    So you think the last chance of a half decent manager coming in has gone now with Poyet making a career damaging decision ………?

    Judging by the reaction of some Brighton fans, I’m not sure he will not be a great success. Their reaction’s been one of relief and wish him well!

    He really couldn’t have joined a better club than Sunderland and I’m sure wish him and his new employer all the success they deserve.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    He’s been on loan to Scunthorpe and been compared with Patrick Viera? Yeah …. right!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25


    one season 5th (and manager awards) in a 16 year career. an Fa cup run is 6 games and he lost!


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