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Norway international midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Cardiff City boss.

The 23-year-old joins the Bluebirds from Dutch Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee. Eikrem will wear the number 15 shirt at the Cardiff City Stadium. He played under Solskjaer in Manchester United’s revserves and again when he managed Molde in their homeland – where they won back-to-back Norwegian league titles.

Eikrem, who was part of the Norway Under-21 squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Youth Championship in Israel last summer, could make his Bluebirds bow against West Ham this coming weekend. He also has 13 senior caps.

Speaking to the Cardiff City official website, Solskjaer said:

“I’ve known Magnus for many years, having worked with him at Manchester United and then signing him for Molde.

“While I was there I had to sell him as he was our best player – and now I feel lucky to get to sign him again for Cardiff City for a reasonable price. I see this as money well spent.

“He’s a playmaker, a quarterback if you will, someone who likes to get on the ball and can see a pass. He’s technically very good, including set pieces and has great vision. Magnus will add a lot to Cardiff City and will blend in very well with the midfielders in the squad.”

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This article was first posted on January 8, 2014