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Orjan Nyland would welcome Cardiff move; LA Galaxy sign Fluminense forward Samuel

Molde FK goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has admitted he would be delighted to link-up with former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City.

Molde FK goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has admitted he would be delighted to link-up with former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City, Sky Sports understands.

The Bluebirds are expected to announce the signings of Norwegian duo Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Møller Dæhli sometime this week amid reports suggesting Nyland could follow his compatriots to the Welsh capital.

Solskjaer coached Dæhli and Eikrem at Manchester United and Molde respectively, with the latter having joined Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen on a four-year deal in the summer.

“Cardiff in the Premier League. I do not really need to say more than that,” Nyland told Romsdals Budstikka.

“But I have not heard anything about it in any case. As far as I know it’s just rumours.

“I think it’s natural that, when managers change clubs, then the players from his former club are linked. But personally I do not think anything of it at all.”

Nyland, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2018, is valued at around €3 million.

Cardiff City (4-6-10) are scheduled to face West Ham United in Solskjaer’s first English Premier League match in charge of the club on Saturday.

Cardiff (11/10); West Ham (12/5); Draw (12/5)

LA Galaxy sign Fluminense forward Samuel

LA Galaxy have completed the signing of Fluminense forward Samuel Rosa Gonçalves on a one-year loan deal, according to the club’s official website, lagalaxy.com.

Since making his first-team debut in 2012, Samuel, 22, has bagged 14 goals in 73 appearances in all competitions for Flu.

The 22-year-old forward quite often found himself paired up front with Brazil international ace Fred, who has netted 16 goals in 30 international caps for the Seleção.

The deal will be finalised once Samuel receives his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

Galaxy manager Bruce Arena is absolutely delighted with the signing of Samuel, and rightfully so.

Outside of star-studded duo Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, the Galaxy struggled in front of goal last term despite finishing with 53 goals in 34 league matches.

The addition of Samuel will undoubtedly help put away the many chances that Gyasi Zardes failed to bury in 2013.

“He’s the kind of player that we think that we need on our team, a big strong athletic forward,” said Arena.

“He plays well in front of the goal, will be a presence in front of the goal, and we think that he’s a young player with a lot of potential. We’re eager to get him here to Los Angeles and see how he fits in with our team.”

Wed 8 January, 2014
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