Norwegian will be a star in England

Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp
Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp
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Erik Huseklepp has been backed to be a hit in England.

Reports yesterday emerged in the Norwegian press stating the 26-year-old hitman is on the way to Fratton Park.

Huseklepp is set to leave Italian side Bari with the club in financial difficulties after relegation from Serie A, and looking to recoup the £1.75m they paid for the international in January.

Celtic are also keen on the player who has grabbed six goals in 21 appearances for his country.

Huseklepp’s agent, Tore Pedersen, was staying coy on talk of a Pompey move for the striker.

But the former Wimbledon and Blackburn player believes he is made for the English game.

Pedersen said: ‘You will have to speak to Portsmouth about their transfers. I don’t want to say anything.

‘We’ll wait and see if there’s anything concerning Portsmouth.

‘I’m sure something will happen with him before the close of the transfer window.

‘Where he will go? I can’t say.

‘I think he would work well in England, though. He’s hard working and always gives 100 per cent. That’s what English people like.

‘He can play all the positions up front in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3.

‘He can score goals and he’s a good provider.

‘You can see his record is impressive with the Norwegian national team.

‘There are a lot of clubs interested and I have heard about Portsmouth but it’s down to the club to speak about their transfers.’

Meanwhile, Ipswich captain Grant Leadbitter has emerged as a £2m target for Pompey, according to reports.

Cotterill is looking for a central midfielder to boost his options and is hopeful of making an addition next week.

Tractor Boys chief executive Simon Clegg has confirmed a bid has been received for one of their players.

Sources in Suffolk say that man isn’t Leadbitter, however.