Bjorne to be a Kop star!

A newspaper article by Ric George of "The Liverpool Echo" in 1997.

Liverpool target Bjorn Tore Kvarme was today hailed as the ideal replacement for John Scales.

That's the view of compatriot Stig Inge Bjornebye, who is the best placed of everyone at Anfield to judge Liverpool's forthcoming recruit.

Norwegian defender Kvarme, 24, has returned home after discussing terms at Anfield yesterday, and the Reds are hopeful of snapping him up on a free transfer when his contract with Rosenborg ends on December 31.

The Reds recouped £2.6 million for Scales when he joined Tottenham at the weekend and boss Roy Evans stepped up his hunt for Kvarme, who has also been hotly pursued by Glasgow Rangers.

The Scandinavian, who played a major part in helping Rosenborg defeat AC Milan in Italy last week to reach the Champions league quarter finals, will not be able to put pen to paper until the New Year.

But, as the Reds waited to discover their Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals opponents today, defender Bjornebye believes he will be worth the wait: "It was sad to see John Scales go, but this lad is also a good player and I think he'll be a good replacement for him. I also think he'll be popular among the lads. Bjorn is very quick defensively. I remember training with him at Rosenborg and he was terrible to play against because he's very tough. He also liked to take part in the attacking game. He is positively minded and he is a very good professional."

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