Newcastle United & Celtic interested in Norwegian starlet

ibrahim.jpgNews from the Daily Star suggests that Manchester City have released Norwegian youngster Abdisalam Ibrahim sparking a tussle for his signature from QPR, Newcastle United, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Celtic who had all been watching the 22-year-old.

The highly rated Norwegian Under-21 international was expected to fetch upwards of £750,000 with a release clause set in his contract but according to reports the Etihad Stadium club have decided to cut their ties with the Somalian-born player despite him having a year left on his contract.

The reports come as little to surprise to one of our regular punters who saw Ibrahim feature on-loan at then-Championship Scunthorpe United in 2011.

He made a limited impression during his short time at Glanford Park, showing very little of the talent that had seen him compared to Arsenal legend and Manchester City staff member Patrick Vieira, struggling to adapt to the physical English game.

Reports indicated that Vieira, the club’s current football development executive, was in fact an admirer of the defensive midfielder even watching him on his recent loan spell in Stromsgodset where he was understood to have impressed.

However the recent recruitment of Brazilian international star Fernandinho has pushed Ibrahim, who featured just three times for City since signing from Norway minnows Fjellhamar in 2010, further down the pecking order. And now it looks like that new City boss Manuel Pellegrini has decided he has no future at the Etihad Stadium.

Which team will Ibrahim rock up with next? Let us know your thoughts below.

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