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Saturday 11 January 2014

Solskjaer swoops for second Norwegian Daehli

18-year-old follows Magnus Wolff Eikrem to Cardiff from Molde and Manchester United

  • Mats Moller Daehli in action for Manchester United's academy

  • The 18-year-old has been capped twice by Norway. Photo c/o Pete Thomas/Cardiff City FC

Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Mats Moller Daehli from Norwegian side Molde.

Daehli, 18, has been reunited with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, becoming the former Manchester United striker's second January signing since taking over from Malky Mackay at the beginning of the month.

Solskjaer's first acquisition, Magnus Wolff Eikrem, who also played for Solskjaer at both Manchester United and Molde, made his debut for the club by coming off the bench in their 2-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.

After starting out at United, Daehli moved to Molde, where he made 15 appearances in all competitions, helping them to a Norwegian Cup triumph in November, which proved to be the club's final trophy under Solskjaer, who previously had claimed back-to-back Norwegian Premier Division titles.

The teenager also broke into the Norway national side in November and featured in the friendly defeats to Denmark and Scotland.

Cardiff won Solskjaer’s first game in charge, a 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Newcastle United last weekend, but slipped into the relegation zone on Saturday following their loss to fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Daehli could make his debut for Cardiff against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday.

Key Points

  • Cardiff sign Norway midfielder Mats Moller Daehli
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed the 18-year-old at two previous clubs
  • Daehli becomes second Norwegian to sign for Bluebirds in three days

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