Like Rosenborg and Vålerenga, among others, Bodø/Glimt were one of the clubs really trying to strengthen themselves on the last day of the transfer window before the Elite Series kicked off.
Glimt has lost several important players this winter, including left back Friedrich Bjorkan, who went to Hertha Berlin. On Thursday night’s deadline, until the final day of the transfer window, Glimt must have worked to secure a replacement for the Norway defender.
Tried on the Israeli back gem
Sources in and around Bodo Netavisen have reported that the league champions made a good bid for Israeli left-back Doron Leidner from Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The 19-year-old is a key piece in the Israel Under-21 team. He was selected for the national team last fall, but had to report due to the settlement against the Faroe Islands due to injury.
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The famous 19-year-old is said to have been positive about the transfer, but the Tel Aviv club ultimately chose to turn down the offer from the Norwegian champions.
The online newspaper was unable to confirm the actual size of Glimt’s bid, but according to the information, any potential transfer would be one, if not the largest, in the club’s history.
According to the Transfermarkt website, the two biggest Glimt transfers are Denmark’s Sammy Sky and Kasper Juncker, both of whom cost around four million kroner each.
Since Leidner’s move with Glimt ended, the yellow-clads are heading towards the start of the season at Eliteserien without a pure left-back at the club.
We weren’t completely in goal
After Bjørkan left the club, newly acquired Kjetil Knutsen used Brice Wembangomo as a left-back in Glimt’s important matches in Europe. The original right-back came from Sandefjord this winter.
The position doesn’t bother me too much because Bryce has shown what qualities he has. Whether he’s playing left or right he doesn’t have much to say, Knutsen told Nettavisen a few days before the transfer window closed.
It is clear that any actions in the market must be “correct actions”.
– We haven’t come there yet. We were close to that position, but we weren’t entirely on target, he says.
It is clear that the Glimt coach will be accountable to the group of players and the club when he makes the signings.
Danish animal hunting
The online newspaper reported earlier this winter that Glimt chased Dane Adam Sorensen at Lyngby. The Danes will at some point ask for up to 6-7 million kroner.
– That’s why we didn’t do it at the time when the price was very high, but we were in negotiations when the price was a little moderate.
– At least we haven’t come to an agreement, continues Knutsen.
The online newspaper knows that Leedner’s potential move would have been a heavier financial investment than the club were willing to pay for Sorensen. So it could not have been resolved on the last day before the transfer window closed.
– We have been very vigilant about what we have spent in the 2022 season. I can probably say that based on what we have earned in recent years. I think it is important that we take on this responsibility. You could say Glimt has a lot of money, but that doesn’t change, it should be the right price in terms of what you get, he says.
– Do you think that at some point you have to pay and invest correctly in a position?
– Yes. It may be, but then there has to be something that makes us confident that it elevates our product.
And Al-Ayouni was qualified for the return of Glimt
According to Nettavisen’s information, Vålerenga player Amor Layouni should be suitable for Bodo/Glimt on the last day of the transfer window, but that transfer has not taken place either.
The prerequisite for this transition to pass was for Vålerenga to capture Ibrahima and J. But since none of this transmission occurred, the eyes’ potential transmission to Glimt was halted as well.
The Swedish-Tunisian winger played at Bodou/Glimt from 2017 to 2019 before being sold to Egyptian club Pyramids. He returned to Eliteserien when Vålerenga took him before last season.
Bodø/Glimt kicks off this year’s Elite Series season at home against Rosenborg on Sunday at 20.00.
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