The latest rumours in the Japanese sports press have linked Omiya Ardija with Rosenborg's Norwegian international striker Steffen Iversen. Coach Robert Verbeek has evidently been keen to bring in a European forward to boost his team's feeble scoring power and Iversen - reputedly the top-paid player in his country's domestic league - has a respectable record in front of goal. The bulk of his career has been spent in England, where almost 150 games played at Tottenham Hotspur over seven seasons and a spell at Wolves netted a tally of forty goals.
Since 2004 Iversen has been back playing in Norway at Valerengen and now at Rosenborg, the top club in the country. Last year he was on target seventeen times in 24 games, winning his fourth Norwegian League championship medal in the process - and the 30-year-old is still a regular starting member of the international team, having scored three goals already in the qualifying tournament for Euro 2008. He is 185cm tall and is regarded as a particularly good header of the ball, but most notably has picked up experience in a career that puts him way above the likes of Salles as the potential answer to Ardija's scoring problems.
The position as regards the transfer from Brazil of Denis Marques remains unclear and the fact that the saga is dragging on will no doubt be of concern to Ardija supporters hopeful that two incoming foreign forwards would give real cause for optimism for the latter half of what is proving a difficult season. Amongst some fans in Norway there is the feeling of unfulfilled potential about Steffen Iversen and his career - but his recent scoring record, his experience and the fact that compatriot Frode Johnsen has been a success since moving a year ago to Nagoya Grampus 8 would suggest that this could be an extremely positive move for the Squirrels.