Maccabi Tel Aviv FC reached an agreement with Swedish side Malmo FF for the sale of 26-year-old Icelandic striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson who successfully completed his medical and signed a 4 year deal at the club.
Kjartansson, who scored 14 goals in 20 league appearances for Malmo ever since his January transfer from Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning FC, scored 1 goal in 9 appearances for Iceland and is part of the squad to face Ukraine in Kiev on September 5th.
Sports Director Jordi Cruyff told the club’s official website: “Vidar is a prolific goal scorer with an outstanding record who we tried signing for a long time and are delighted to have finally achieved our objective and we hope he will now help us achieve more. We are pleased to have completed the signing in the tight timeframe which was a result of a team effort. It was good to work with Jack Angelides once again in his new role working with the owner in Canada. I am grateful to Mitch Goldhar for showing once again his commitment to strengthening the Club and for his assistance throughout this process in making this key signing a reality
Kjartansson told the club’s official website: “It’s been a very long day which started in Copenhagen this morning. In a really short period of time, I managed to have a quick tour of the city and was pleasantly surprised. I met with Jordi Cruyff and coach Shota Arveladze, completed a medical and visited the club’s offices to see from close range that this is a big club.
I obviously know the team qualified to the Europa League group stage and has played last season in the Champions League. I watched some of the matches as it was a really tough group. I am very excited to sign for Maccabi Tel Aviv as I know this is the biggest club in Israel with an amazing set fans and great history. Now I will rejoin the Iceland national team squad ahead of our qualifier against Ukraine and return shortly after. I would like to thank everyone at Malmo FF, the players, staff and fans. It was an a amazing time I had there, but now I am beginning a new part of my career”.
A product of Icelandic club UMF Selfos, Kjartansson, 187cm, made his senior debut at the age of 16 before joining IBV Vestmannaeyjar in 2009 and returning to his boyhood club a year later. In three seasons, the striker scored 35 times in 70 appearances before switching in March 2013 to Fylkir Rekjavik for which he scored 23 goals in 30 appearances. In January 2014 Kjartansson moved to Norway to join Valerenga Oslo and kept his outstanding goal scoring record with 31 goals in 33 appearances before being sold to Jiangsu. Under coach Dan Petrescu, Kjartansson scored 13 goals in 35 appearances before returning to Scandinavia and joining Malmo. Overall, Kjartansson scored 144 career goals in 284 appearances.