March 10, 2015 18:06:26 UK
Burnley have completed the signing of free agent Norway international Fredrik Ulvestad on a three-year deal.
The midfielder makes the move to Turf Moor as boss Sean Dyche strengthens his options ahead of the looming relegation scrap at the business end of the Premier League season.
The 22-year old had opted not to sign a new contract at Norwegian Premier League side Aalesunds FK and will now get the chance to prove himself in the top flight in England.
He will be given time to adjust.
Dyche had taken a look at Ulvestad in training over the past few weeks and has seen enough from him to offer him a deal, although he warned that the new-boy may have to bide his time as he adjusts to life with Burnley in a tougher league.
He said: “There will be an adjustment period, for sure, because of the change in the levels of football. We know how tough the Premier League is, so he will be given time to adjust to that accordingly and continue his development.”
Ulvestad joins a Clarets side struggling down in 19th place in the table, four points clear of bottom-placed Leicester and level with QPR directly above them in the standings.
Next up for Dyche’s men is a very tough test at home to champions Manchester City – although they did spring a surprise over Christmas when they managed a 2-2 draw at the Etihad in the first meeting between the two
City are on offer at 1.44, while Burnley are 7.00 outsiders to win the clash on Saturday.
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