Star signings shunning the Superliga

FCK brought in two fairly inconsequential players as the summer transfer window closed late on Monday night

In a bid to resurrect a faltering start to their season, FC Copenhagen have signed the 24-year-old Austrian central defender Georg Margreitter on loan from Wolves and Norwegian winger Daniel Braaten on a free transfer from Toulouse.

 

However, they failed to sign 31-year-old Norwegian winger Morten Gamst Pederson from Blackburn Rovers, who instead opted to move to Turkish side Kardemir Karabukspor.

 

So far this season, the club have recorded only one win in their first seven games and hope that the new signings will help bolster a team that lost its star striker Andreas Cornelius to English Premier League side Cardiff City for 7.5 million

 

Margreitter is a favourite of FCK’s new Norwegian coach Ståle Solbakken, who replaced Ariel Jacobs on August 21. The pair previously worked together at Wolves where Solbakken enjoyed an unsuccessful six-month tenure last season.

 

Braaten, 31, who briefly played for Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League in 2007, has scored three goals in 45 appearances for the Norwegian national side.

 

Elsewhere on the domestic front, AGF have secured a loan deal with Manchester City for the Ghanian international midfielder Mohammed Abu; Brøndby have signed 23-year-old Ferhan Hasani on a two-year deal, bringing an end to his disappointing stint with Wolfsburg; Peter Ankersen has decided to stay put at Esbjerg and has been joined by Norwegian striker Mushaga Bakenga on loan from Club Brugge; and FC Nordsjælland have signed 24-year-old Joshua John form FC Twente.

 

On the international scene, Christian Eriksen last week on Friday made a £11.5 million move from Ajax to Tottenham.

 

Among the transfers that didn’t go through, star striker Nicklas Bendtner has decided to stay at Arsenal despite interest from EPL newcomers Hull City and Crystal Palace, who also failed with a bid to sign Brøndby striker Simon Makienok; and despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and AS Roma, young forward Viktor Fischer has decided to stay at Ajax for at least one more season.





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