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Report: Solskjaer’s first signing at Cardiff to be Heerenveen midfielder

Jan 5, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Eikrem

According to reports, including that of Dutch reporter Marco Heerschop, Heerenveen manager will sell midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem to Cardiff City.

It would make the 23-year-old Norwegian (pictured, behind) the first signing of new Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The news doesn’t come as a major surprise, seeing as the midfielder was on hand with the new Cardiff staff to watch their FA Cup victory over Newcastle yesterday.

Eikrem is a former Manchester United youth product, although he never made an appearance before returning to his boyhood club of Molde in 2011 where Solskjaer was the manager. The pair won the Tippegalen championship in both 2011 and 2012, with the former being the first ever championship for Molde.

He was sold to Heerenveen last summer for approximately €1.2 million ($1.6 million), and has made 13 league appearances, scoring two goals and assisting two others.

Heerenveen’s sale makes sense as well, considering the club’s ongoing struggles with money.  It also may allow them to avoid selling talented Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason, who has 17 goals in 15 league matches, until the end of the season.

Oh, by the way, Eikrem’s birthday happens to be August 8th. 8/8. This is hilariously significant.

(MORE: Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan: “We should sign players with the number eight in their birthdays”)

Molde have also recently confirmed they are in negotiations with Cardiff to send hugely talented 18-year-old winger Mats Møller Dæhli to England.

Dæhli is another former Manchester United youth product under Solskjaer who followed the manager to Molde and now possibly to Cardiff.

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