Burnley sign free agent Ulvestad

Burnley have completed the signing of free agent Fredrik Ulvestad on a three-year contract after the midfielder left Aalesunds, Sky Sports has reported.

Ulvestad, who has been capped once for the Norway national team, had been training with the Clarets after his Aalesunds contract expired. He made more than 100 appearances for his former club, his home-town team, after coming through the academy at the Colour Line Stadion and making his first team bow in 2011.

The 22-year-old made his debut for Norway in August 2014, playing the second half of a home goalless draw with the United Arab Emirates in Stavanger. Ulvestad also won a handful of caps for the Norway Under-21 side and represented his country’s Under-23s.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has called for the new boy to be given time to settle into life at Turf Moor and in England, but believes Ulvestad can contribute to the Clarets’ fight to avoid relegation to the Championship. “It’s a new challenge for him now, not only on the pitch but off it too in terms of culture,” Dyche said.

“He has gained a full international cap and is learning and gaining experience all the time,” he continued. “We will be looking for him to continue his development and improve further as a midfielder.”

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