Date: 26th June 2008 at 9:51am
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The Press & Journal today has confirmed that Burnley are to sign defender Christian Kalvenes on the recommendation of Dundee United manager Craig Levein.

The Norwegian left back left Dundee United at the end of last season citing family reasons intending to move back to Norway with his family with a view to rejoining his hometown club SK Brann.

Levein then took up the story of how Owen Coyle got involved

“Owen Coyle phoned me to ask about Christian and my reaction was to tell him to sign him straight away.

“He`s a great lad and a fantastic player so I`m thrilled for him to get a chance to play at that level. I can`t speak highly enough about him.

“He left us last season to go back to Norway but things have changed and this opportunity has presented itself for him.

“I loved working with him and I`m sure he`ll be a great addition to their squad.”

The player is understood to be close to finalising a contract and will be in Burnley this Monday to tie up some loose ends and have a medical. The player will be available on a free transfer in the light of his contract at Dundee United having expired.

It now looks almost certain that the tall, 31 year old defender will be a Clarets player by early next week, signing a one year contract.

Most of the Dundee United fans in the forums have been complimentary about the player and one of our posters Doggert (aka Simon), a Norwegian Claret has been helpful in providing some translations in the Norwegian media.

The player speaking to the Norwegian, Bergens Tidene has said:

“I`ve been talking to them for a while, and yesterday (Tuesday) evening we agreed on the contract-terms and what is left is to travel to Burnley and check that everything is right, and if it is I`ll sign. It is a one year contract’

I`m very excited and looking forward to the challenge of playing in Championship’

Doggert also managed to find out the following additional information about the player:

Kalvenes was labelled as one of Branns biggest talents in the early 90’s, but never managed to establish himself in the team. He played for Åsane (Aasane) for several years as a central defender, and moved to Sogndal in 2000 where most of the time he played as left back and helped the club to achieve promotion to the first division that year.

He played there for four years as first choice left back, scored several goals on freekicks, and was also vice-captain. Moved to Brann in 2003, but was injured most of the time until his ‘debut’ in 2005, but he never managed to fight successfully for his place and moved to Dundee United in August 2006 for a fee of around £50,000.