United in for 'new' Solskjaer
Trial offer for Norwegian
By Richard Torgerson. Last Updated: 17/11/08 11:13am
Manchester United are understood to have made an offer for Norwegian star Moa Abdellaoue - branded the 'new' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 23-year-old, Norwegian born but with Moroccan parentage, is a full international having made his debut for Norway earlier this year against the Republic of Ireland.
He is now back in the squad for their match with Ukraine after he helped Valerenga win the Norwegian Cup final.
A host of English clubs were present at the final when Abdellaoue fired a brilliant brace and that has now seen the interest in the striker intensify.
Now United have seemingly leapt to the front of the queue to land the player after inviting him to train with them, something which is possible given the domestic season in Norway has finished.
It is reported in Norway that Jim Solbakken, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's agent, has helped to broker the move.
Valerenga would not confirm that Abdellaoue would be heading to Old Trafford until the finer details had been settled.
"We can't comment on anything before we have anything formalised," Valerenga director Pal Breen told Verdens Gang.
The player's personal advisor Erik Moe also refused to comment on the United offer.
"This is up to Valerenga to comment," he said.
"Moa has only one focus now, and that is the international against Ukraine on Wednesday. It is important."