Copenhagen snap up Grindheim
Christian Grindheim has departed Heerenveen for Danish giants FC Copenhagen on a three-year deal.
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 16/06/11 9:24am
Midfielder Christian Grindheim has departed Heerenveen for Danish giants FC Copenhagen on a three-year deal.
The Norway international, whose Heerenveen contract was due to expire in 2012, turned down the offer of a new deal with the Eredivisie club, claiming he wanted a fresh challenge.
Reports in the Dutch media suggest reigning league champions Copenhagen paid €750,000 (£660,000) to bring him to Parken.
Johan Hansma, technical director at Heerenveen, says the club were happy to co-operate with the deal to avoid Grindheim leaving on a free transfer next summer.
He told the club's official website: "Christian still had a year left on his deal, but made it clear he wanted to leave the club this summer.
"We wanted to avoid a Bosman move next summer, so for all sides this is a good solution.
"Copenhagen are the Danish champions and a good club for Christian.
"Christian has done a lot for this club, so we were happy to grant him this transfer."
Grindheim arrived at Heerenveen from Oslo-based club Valerenga in January 2008.
He notched up 86 appearances for the Netherlands outfit, helping them secure Dutch Cup success in the 2008-09 campaign.