Elfsborg lands player from English Premier League and also released three of its players to play for Norrköping..
Elfsborg lands David Elm
It didn’t take Elfsborg long to find a replacement for Denni Avdic.
Just a week after the Swedish Under-21 star and last year’s co-leading scorer in the Allsvenskan signed with Werder Bremen, Elfsborg announced it lured David Elm away from Fulham of the English Premier League.
Elm, 24, signed with Fulham in 2009 after helping Kalmar win its first-ever Allsvenskan. He and his brothers, Rasmus and Viktor, were key players in Kalmar’s championship run. While his brothers had better stats, David landed the better contract. Victor and Rasmus now play in the Holland while David moved the England.
His time with Fulham, however, wasn’t the dream he expected. Elm played in just 10 games for the Premiership side, scoring once and adding an assist. He became the subject of intense speculation when the transfer window opened in January, with most expects expecting him to return to Kalmar.
Elfsborg, meanwhile, flush with cash after selling Avdic to Bremen and Martin Andersson to Istanbul in Turkey, stepped into the fray when Fulham manager Mark Hughes put Elm on the market. Kalmar was unable to compete with Elfsborg’s cash and Elm, on Jan. 24, agreed to a five-year deal with the Borås club.
Elfsborg general manager Stefan Andreasson reportedly paid a fee of $450,000 for Elm, much less than the $1.1 million Fulham shelled out to Kalmar for him.
IFK Norrköping found an easy way to add experience to the team that came in second in the Superettan last year – it signed three players away from Elfsborg.
Defenders Mattias Florén and Marcus Falk-Olander and goalkeeper Abbas Hassan all signed with Norrköping when the transfer window opened. Elfsborg released Hassan and received only minimal fees for Florén and Falk-Olander.
Peking also managed to land former Liverpool talent Astrit Ajdarevic from Örebro. Norrköping also is pursuing Bobbie Friberg da Cruz, who is currently with Randers in the Danish league.
In addition to the three players that went to Norrköping, Elfsborg sold Denni Avdic and Martin Andersson and lost Teddy Lucic and Fredrik Berglund to retirement.