Motherwell are set to complete the signing of Norwegian centre-back Sondre Solholm Johansen, according to Eliteserien club Mjondalen.
Graham Alexander’s side have agreed a deal with the Scandinavians and the 26-year-old must now discuss personal terms and complete a medical before confirming the transfer. He will feature for Mjondalen in their Eliteserien match against Lillestroem this weekend before the Scottish Premiership switch.
Johansen has featured in every league match so far this season for Mjondalen and has played 137 times overall. Sporting director Hans Knutsen says it’s a good move for the Norwegian club: “We do not want to stand in the way when a player is given the opportunity to try things abroad.
“We are proud to have reached an agreement for one of our players. Now we have got a financial offer that we could accept and at the same time we have players in the squad who are ready to take over Sondre’s role on the field and who deserve the chance.”
Mjondalen head coach Vegard Hansen added: “Sondre came here as a ‘wreck’ from Stromsgodset, but with us he has developed into such a good centre-back that he attracts interest from a significantly larger league. It is a fantastic opportunity for Sondre, who now gets the chance to play big games in the Scottish league.”
Former Hibs midfielder Kevin Nicol is a coach at Johansen’s current club and believes the 26-year-old will be a great fit for Motherwell: “The club’s manager Graham Alexander is a manager who is well liked and highly valued in Scottish football.
“I also know assistant manager Keith Lasley well and I am absolutely confident that Sondre will be well received and allowed to develop further at Motherwell. With his physical attributes, Sondre will fit well into Scottish football. The level may be slightly higher in Scotland, but Sondre has proven he is ready to take the plunge.”
Motherwell boss Alexander spoke on Friday morning – prior to the Johansen announcement – about the Fir Park club’s signing plans before the transfer deadline next week. He has completed the signing of midfielder Sean Goss on a two-year deal this week, following the 25-year-old’s stint at Shrewsbury Town.
Alexander said: “We are hopeful. If we could get two more players in, we would have a very strong squad. We are speaking to a couple of clubs about a couple of players. Hopefully that progresses over the weekend. Hopefully over the next 72 hours things pick up.”
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