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Potential bargain for Celtic! Ex-Manchester United youngster available for free

Cardiff released Magnus Eikrem on Friday - and Celtic should be interested in signing him.

With Israel international Beram Kayal looking to tie up a move back to Maccabi Haifa, it seems that Celtic need to bring in another central midfielder as cover for the likes of Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen.

Already, Ronny Deila's side are taking a look at signing Everton youngster Francisco Junior, with a potential move in the pipeline ahead of the January transfer window.

However, Deila should instead look to bring in one of his compatriots next month after Cardiff City released Norwegian international midfielder Magnus Eikrem on Friday afternoon.

The 24-year-old is a former Manchester United trainee, and was snapped up by Cardiff a year ago with high hopes after impressing in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen, reuniting with his former Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Yet Eikrem tallied just 12 appearances for the Bluebirds during a miserable spell in South Wales, particularly under new boss Russell Slade, who didn't use Eikrem at all since arriving as boss in October.

With no future at the Cardiff City Stadium, Slade has now decided to terminate Eikrem's contract, meaning he is now a free agent - and can sign with any club when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Eikrem will now be on the lookout for a new club, and is far from a lost cause given his relative youth; he just needs a manager who will understand him and give him a chance to succeed, which could well be Deila.

Deila will be familiar with Eikrem's quality having managed against him in Norway and having revealed that he wants to sign more fellow Scandinavians, Eikrem should be on the radar.

"I have very good contacts in Norway, of course! I have good contacts in Sweden and Denmark too. It is a market that could be interesting," admitted Deila. "You know what you get with Scandinavian players. You get discipline and they are like Scottish players."

"It is easier to adapt if you are from Scandinavia – they are used to the weather, the people and the culture. They also have a similar temperament to people here and have grown up watching British football on TV," he added.

Eikrem proved his ability during his time with Heerenveen, and Deila could be the man to get the best out of him once again. As cover in central or attacking midfield, Eikrem could be eased in to life at Celtic Park, whilst possessing impressive technical ability and threat from set pieces.

Cardiff gave up on Eikrem early, but he still has the chance to be a success - and on a free transfer, he's certainly worth a gamble for Celtic.

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