Cardiff boss Solskjaer closes on Norway duo Eikrem and Daehli

Magnus Wolff Eikrem in action for Norway Under-21s

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems set to make Norway midfielders Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli his first signings as Cardiff City manager.

Eikrem, 23, plays for Dutch side Heerenveen, while Daehli, 18, is at Solskjaer's ex-club Molde in Norway.

Molde director Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen told Romsdals Budstikka: "We are talking to Cardiff about Mats.

"Talks are going well. Mats is going to... talk to the club. I think this will be done in a few days."

Heerenveen manager Marco van Basten, the former Netherlands striker, told Leeuwarder Courant that he is resigned to losing Eikrem: "It's too bad he's leaving because he has been important in the last period of the first half of the season for us."

Eikrem was at St James' Park to watch Cardiff's 2-1 FA Cup win at Newcastle on Saturday and the Welsh club are understood to be keen to sign the player before Saturday's Premier League home match against West Ham.

Both Eikrem and Daehli are former Manchester United reserve players, the team that Solskjaer managed at Old Trafford following his retirement from playing.

Cardiff's reward for beating Newcastle is a trip to play Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the tie to be played on the weekend of 25-26 January.

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