Cardiff City have signed the midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem

• Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lands former United youth captain
• Eikrem arrives from Heerenveen for undisclosed fee

Cardiff City have announced the signing of the Norway midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem for an undisclosed fee from the Dutch club Heerenveen.

Eikrem, 23 and who becomes Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's first new arrival since he succeeded Malky Mackay as manager, is a former Manchester United youth team captain.

"I've known Magnus for many years, having worked with him at Manchester United and then signing him for Molde," Solskjaer told Cardiff's official website. "While I was there I had to sell him as he was our best player – and now I feel lucky to get to sign him again for Cardiff City for a reasonable price. I see this as money well spent.

"He's a playmaker, a quarterback if you will, someone who likes to get on the ball and can see a pass. He is technically very good, including set-pieces, and has great vision. Magnus will add a lot to Cardiff City and will blend in very well with the midfielders in the squad."

Eikrem watched Cardiff's FA Cup third-round victory at Newcastle last Saturday and he has trained with the squad this week while waiting for clearance.

Molde-born Eikrem was signed by United on his 16th birthday and he made his first-team debut in 2007, going on as a substitute for Ryan Giggs in a pre-season friendly against Dunfermline.

He moved to Molde in 2011 and enjoyed title success with them before joining Heerenveen last summer. He also made his Norway debut two years ago and has so far won more than a dozen caps. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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