Magnus Wolff Eikrem completes Malmo FF move

by Nicolas Berg

Former Manchester United starlet Magnus Wolff Eikrem has sealed a transfer from Championship outfit Cardiff to Swedish champions Malmö FF.

The Swedish club confirmed the move on their official website which sees the 24-year-old complete his move back out of England.

Eikrem is capped 14 times for Norway but has spent the last few months out of favour at Cardiff after Russell Slade replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjær in the dugout.

“It was a fairly easy choice, as Malmö currently are the biggest club in Scandinavia”, Eikrem told Malmo’s official website.

“They’ve got exquisite fans and I look to improve the club. It’s a tough task, but we must be ready to face it. I’m a winner and I won’t settle for coming second.”

The composed midfielder arrived at United in 2006 and spent four and a half years at the club but left without a single first-team appearance to his name.

In the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, he was a key contributor in Molde’s two first Norwegian league titles under the leadership of Solskjær and subsequently went to Heerenveen, before rejoining Solskjaer at Cardiff, without any noticeable success at either club.

“Magnus is a decent playmaker with great passing, and he’ll be a great addition to the squad,” Malmo’s assistant manger Daniel Andersson said about Eikrem.

“His primary strengths are vision and passing ability, and he’s a two-way midfielder able to contribute in both directions.”

The Norwegian international follows in former United player Mats Møller Dæhli’s footsteps out of Cardiff City. Dæhli had his Bluebirds exit confirmed in late December and arrived at Bundesliga side Freiburg when the transfer window opened in January.

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