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

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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.

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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.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.