Wigan send scout to Norway as Man City eye Odd’s teenage talent
The Latics will scout Norwegian teen talent Filip Moller Delaveris when he plays for Odd against Valerenga on Saturday, but Man City are also tracking him.
Wigan will be represented at the Skagerak Arena in Skien when third-placed Odd Grenland host capital club Valeranga in the Norwegian top-flight, according to local newspaper Telemark.
So too will Premier League champions Manchester City, together with Rapid Vienna, FC Groningen, St Pauli and Swedish clubs Hacken and Elfsborg.
Delaveris has been causing quite a stir in Norway after featuring for the first-team on a regular basis this season, scoring five goals in his last three appearances in all competitions.
The 18-year-old attacker, who plays off the left of a front three, scored twice against Sarpsborg in the league last month before following it up with a brace in the Norwegian Cup against first division outfit KFUM.
He then opened the scoring in Odd’s 3-2 win away at Stromsgodset last week and could not be in better form going into the clash with Valeranga.
However, his situation at the club has been complicated recently after his agent alleged Odd officials tried to force him into signing a new deal or be labelled as “greedy” in the media.
The whole Filip Delaveris // Odd situation is terrible. The lad is 18 years old, just starting to show everyone how talented he is and now his manager is out in the press calling him greedy.
His contract demands may have been excessive, no need to publicly shame him though.
— Ben Wells (@FRfotballBen) October 2, 2019
Wigan have not had a Norwegian player since Paul Jewell signed Kristoffer Haestad in December 2006 on a six-month loan deal, but the talented midfielder only made two appearances for the club.
So it will be interesting to see what develops from this scouting mission as Manchester City could easily outbid most clubs if they decided Delaveris has what it takes to make it at the Etihad Stadium.
However, City – together with rivals Manchester United – were apparently interested in Bodo/Glimt wonderkid Hakon Evjen earlier this season and scouted him intensively only to be rejected when the player chose to sign for AZ Alkmaar.
The prospects of first-team football were better for him in the Netherlands and Wigan could use that to their advantage of it comes down to a choice of which club for Delaveris.