Date: 16th June 2009 at 11:16am
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Norway international midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred has reiterated that he would snub the Premier League for a move to Championship club Newcastle United – the club he has supported all his life.

Skjelbred was a target for the Magpies in the last two transfer windows, and it is said that Alan Shearer is keen on the technically sound central midfielder.

Rosenborg are understood to be reluctant to sell their prized asset, who is valued at £6 million by club director of football, Erik Hoftun.

As Big Al edges closer to becoming Newcastle United manager, and deals closing in on the club’s impending sale, it is highly likely that the 22-year-old creative midfielder’s destiny could be on Tyneside.

Skjelbred has already rejected moves to Premier League trio Sunderland, Fulham, and Wigan Athletic in the hope that Newcastle United would take him to the North-East.

The Norwegien is held in high regard by his peers and is one of the brightest midfield prospects in Europe. A midfield partnership between Danny Guthrie, and Skjelbred could be on the cards – thus solving United’s long-term central midfield woes.