UPDATE: This is now official.
A quiet offseason is about to come to life as the Seattle Sounders appear ready to announce the acquisition of Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Eikrem can play anywhere in the midfield, attacking or defensive, spending most his time on the wings with Malmo FF. The Seattle Times is reporting that Eikrem will be announced on Tuesday as a TAM signing.
The 27-year-old started his career in the Manchester United reserves, first signing on his 16th birthday, but never saw first-team action and eventually moved to Sweden playing for his hometown side, Molde FK. He spent the last three seasons with Erik Friberg’s former side, Malmo FF, winning the Allsvenskan in 2016 and 2017.
Eikrem plays very similar to fellow Scandinavian Erik Friberg. He is a bit more attacking, but his play — especially his passing — will remind you of the former Sounder. In the 2016 title season, Eikrem led the league with 15 assists. In his time with Malmo FF, he netted 16 goals and 34 assists in 86 appearances at Malmo.
His highlight reel is worth taking a look at as you prepare for the likely TAM signing. Since Norway won’t be in attendance at the World Cup, Eikrem should help cover for losing Nicolas Lodeiro’s attacking ability during the summer.