Elias Melkerson: The 17-goal 'huge talent' on cusp of Hibs move analysed by Norwegian football expert
Compilation videos should always be taken with a pinch of salt. Just ask Mike Bassett. The fictitious manager, in the TV spin-off from the movie, signed Ronnie Van Needlemans off the back of a video sent by an agent, thinking he was a free-scoring striker, only to have recruited the goalkeeper from the video.For football fans, it is so easy to be won over, especially by strikers scoring all sorts of goals from all sorts of angles.Enter Elias Hoff Melkerson.The 19-year-old Norwegian striker had been linked with a six-figure move to Hibs for a matter of minutes before such a video was being shared online.
Arsenal defender Harry Clarke is also expected to join on loan having been recalled by the Gunners from a temporary stint at Ross County, and the 20-year-old will undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a proposed move to the Capital. © HIbs are leading the race for Celtic midfielder Ewan Henderson
However the Evening News understands reports linking Lincoln City midfielder Connor McGrandles, Barnsley defender and former Hearts loanee Toby Sibbick, and Vålerenga winger Osame Sahraoui with Hibs are wide of the mark.
Melkersen is highly-rated in his homeland, having scored 19 goals in 29 games for second-tier side Ranheim last season, and Hibs will have to part with a significant six-figure sum to secure the 19-year-old’s services.
Arsenal’s Harry Clarke adds strength to Hibs' defence, bolsters attack - and he can't wait for Rangers and Celtic games
Harry Clarke was only a few games into his loan spell at Ross County when he made it perfectly clear that he wasn’t there for an easy time. © Harry Clarke holds off Celtic's Adam Montgomery during a cinch Premiership match between Celtic and ... He wanted new challenges and by that time it was already clear that he was capable of rising to them.A loanee, the 20 year-old Arsenal player, who had come through the ranks at the London club after transferring from his local side – Ipswich Town – in 2015, had arrived in the Highlands looking to test his mettle.
The teenager can play anywhere in the final third and has been capped by Norway at Under-19 level, scoring three goals in two appearances.
Henderson, meanwhile, has been told he is free to leave Celtic ahead of his contract expiring in the summer and the midfielder could follow in the footsteps of older brother Liam by turning out for the Hibees.
The 21-year-old has featured just once for the Celts this year, scoring in a 3-2 Europa League win against Real Betis in December.
Easter Road manager Shaun Maloney knows Henderson from his time coaching at Parkhead and although there is interest from Italy, Hibs are believed to be leading the race for the Scotland Under-21 cap as they look to tie up deals ahead of the resumption of the Scottish Premiership season on January 17.
Elias Melkersen forced to wait to make Hibs debut amid work permit woes .
Elias Melkersen could be forced to wait to make his Hibs debut, with the Norwegian forward still waiting on a work permit allowing him to make his Scottish football bow.But Melkersen still hasn’t received clearance allowing him to be considered for Monday night’s Scottish Premiership clash at Celtic.