Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has today distanced the club from reports circulating that they are about to sign Steffen Iversen from Tippeligaen Champions Rosenborg.
Hughton knows the striker as they were at Spurs together, where they won a League Cup winners medal in 1999.
Iversen, who is currently in his second spell at Rosenborg, has notched 49 goals in 98 appearances since he returned to the club in 2006. The Norwegian international is available at a bargain price of £200,000, but Hughton has confirmed he wont be heading to St James’s Park. “I know Steffen from my time at Spurs, he is a good friend but this is one deal that we wont be looking into,” said the Newcastle boss.
Nevertheless should Iversen leave Lerkendal it will not come as a surprise to the club’s fans. Although he is a second generation hero at the club, it has been common knowledge that Iversen and his English wife would like to return to her homeland in the future.
Hughton’s side have also been linked with Iversen’s team mate Per Ciljan Skjelbred this month. The Norwegian international has long been adored by English scouts and reports that the player was about to join Fulham earlier this month proved inaccurate. His agent, Andreas Ekker confirmed that “no bid has been tabled by any English side, if there was we would know about it” .