IN PROFILE: EIKREM
We look back at the career of City's first January signing23-year-old Magnus Wolff Eikrem is a familiar face to City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær following spells with Manchester United and Norwegian outfit Molde FK.
Born in Molde, Eikrem joined United from his hometown club in 2006 on his 16th birthday. The Norwegian International spent five years developing through the Manchester club's esteemed Academy and was a part of the Manchester United under-18 side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2007.
His career quickly accelerated under United Reserve boss Solskjær, helping them to second place in the 2008-09 Premier Reserve League as well as a cup double with the Manchester and Lancashire Senior Cups.
In 2011 Eikrem headed back to Norway and hometown Molde FK where Solskjær had just become manager, quickly becoming a first-team regular and starring in their first ‘Tippeligaen’ title win in their 100 year history in 2011 before impressively defending the crown in 2012. In total Eikrem made 68 appearances for Molde under the guidance of Solskjær, scoring six goals in the league.
His good form for Molde FK was recognised across Europe with Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen eventually securing his services in August 2013 – Eikrem scored his first goal for his new club against reigning champions Ajax the same month.
His form and talent has also been acknowledged by the Norwegian national side, making his senior debut as a substitute in Norway’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in January 2012. He has since gone on to make 12 more International appearances for his country.
He arrives at Cardiff City Stadium to link up with his former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær once again, the new City manager moving swiftly to secure Eikrem’s services after being confirmed as City boss on 2nd January 2014.