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Eirik Bakke (born 13 September 1977 in Sogndal) is a Norwegian retired football player. He played on the right-hand side or centre of midfield.

Bakke played 99 matches for Sogndal. His father Svein had previously also played for the team.

Bakke was bought by Leeds United in 1999 from Sogndal for £1.75 million. After an encouraging start to his career at Leeds in 1999 and 2000, injuries and poor form meant that he was never a first-team regular, even after the club was relegated from the Premiership in 2004.

Bakke's career was set back by recurring knee injuries. Patella tendinitis kept him out of the team for the start of the 2004-05 season and he tore a cruciate ligament on his return in January 2005. In August 2005, having recovered from his injury, Bakke was loaned to Aston Villa, but the loan was ended early after Leeds told Aston Villa that they wished to let Bakke go permanently, rather than on loan, and Villa chairman Doug Ellis decided against buying him.

Speculation continued over Bakke's future when he was left out of the Leeds United squad for the match against Sheffield Wednesday on 27 August 2006, with some in the press and supporters speculating that this was due to an imminent transfer. The club released a statement on 29 August 2006 effectively confirming that Bakke would be leaving Leeds United,[1] but Bakke said that he would like to stay,[2] and continued training with Leeds despite not playing, not wanting to return to playing in Norway at that time.[3] The problem arose due to his £23,000-a-week wages and £4,000 appearance fees,[4] which were originally agreed during Peter Ridsdale's chairmanship, but which the club could no longer afford. Leeds United tried to resolve the issue by offering Bakke lower wages to stay at the club, but his agent stated he wanted the contractually agreed wage.[4] Eventually, Bakke left the club, as part of a wider attempt by Leeds United to reduce expenditure on player wages.

On 31 August 2006, Bakke signed a two-year deal with SK Brann, and returned to Norway.[5] The deal was financed by Hardball. Some media outlets claimed that Bakke and Brann had a "gentlemen's agreement", that Bakke could leave Brann if a larger club wanted to sign him, which Brann denied.[citation needed]

Bakke debuted for Brann on 11 September 2006 against Stabæk. He started the 2007 season playing for Brann 2nd team while returning to full fitness from his injury problems. He experienced an erratic season, making his first full Tippeliga start on 26 June 2007. He scored the winning goal against the club's arch-rivals Rosenborg BK on 11 August 2007.

Bakke promised Brann that when he was close to retirement he would finish his career in Norway with the club, playing a further one or two seasons.[6] In the run-up to the 2008 season, Bakke became captain of Brann. On 30 May 2008, Bakke extended his Brann deal to 2010, but with a clause permitting him to re-evaluate his deal if the club decided to lay artificial turf at Brann Stadion. A few weeks later, Brann announced that the club would continue with natural grass as the turf at Brann Stadion for the coming years.

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