EGIL LANDS AT MAINE ROAD
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Royle decided to take the former Southampton star on a short-term basis after learning that transfer listed ace Paulo Wanchope needs a knee operation due to cartilage damage sustained last week in training which could rule him out for up to a month.
City are keen to have experienced cover for first choice striking pair Darren Huckerby and Shaun Goater should they get injured at this vital stage of the season and Royle is a big admirer of the Norwegian striker.
"Egil will join us on a two month loan period with a view to a permanent move, though we haven't even started to negotiate a fee," Royle told the club's official website. "He has a proven track record for goals in the Premiership. He is quick around the box and a sound finisher."
"I was a fan of his when he was at Southampton and although he has lost his way a little at Rovers I saw him play against our reserves recently and all he was lacking was confidence. Hopefully the move will help that," added Royle.
The 29-year-old has been unable to hold down a regular place at Ewood Park this season making only 11 full appearances for Graeme Souness's side this season.
He has chances for regular first team football have been limited with the arrival of Mark Hughes and Marcus Bent at the club and he finds himself well down the pecking order for one of the forward positions in the team.
The striker recently rejected a loan move to Spanish side Las Palmas because of personal reasons but should he agree to move to Maine Road he could make his debut in the vital clash with Tottenham next weekend.