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Skjelbred would reject Sunderland, Spurs for Newcastle chance

Rosenborg star Per Ciljan Skjelbred would prefer a move to relegated Newcastle United ahead of Premiership offers.

The Shields Gazette says sources close to the long-standing Toon target claim he would snub Premier League football with Sunderland to achieve his dream.

The Norwegian international has been on United's radar for almost a year, and was heavily linked with a move to Tyneside in the last two transfer windows.

But he has also caught the eye of new Black Cats boss Steve Bruce, while Tottenham, Fulham and Italian outfit Torino are also tracking the 21-year-old.

A source close to the player said: "He is unconcerned about Newcastle's relegation, as he's certain they'll be back up in the Premier League after only one season in the Championship.

"And he is hoping to get to play for Alan Shearer, who is one of his heroes.

"There was talk of a move to Sunderland, but he has his heart set on Newcastle. If he doesn't go to Newcastle, he is unlikely to sign for their greatest rivals."

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