The week started with a whole lot of promise in terms of possible transfer deals for Norwich City but with Saturday’s game against Palace less than 48hrs away, it seems unlikely there will be a new arrival before then.
Dieumerci Mbokani posted that teasing picture of him at the airport – not sure which airport or where he was going. Could be anywhere but was that flight spiriting the burly striker towards Norfolk? Well there’s no sign of him yet, or anywhere else for that matter.
Then we had that slightly ridiculous story that Colombian superstar of the future, Juan Quintero is in Alex Neil’s sights and that the player is considering a two year offer from Norwich. I say slightly ridiculous, but the source, Tutto Mercato Web isn’t that bad, certainly more reliable than your average British tabloid – there might just be something in it.
The tantalising news that Quintero hasn’t been given a shirt number for the new season also whets the Canary appetite for new footballers with the Norwich Twitterati getting themselves very excited indeed.
There are three weeks left of the summer transfer window with lots of business always done as the clock runs down. Of course in an ideal world you’d have all your in’s and outs done by the end of the first week of July but this isn’t Football Manager or FIFA 16.
Clubs don’t want to get left short and usually want to line up a replacement before letting a player leave. The nervousness of managers and Chief Executives as the clock runs down on the window mean we always get those late deals.
Will Norwich be among them? I hope not, I’m not too worried about not having everyone in by the start of July but I want it all done soon. The striker is an obvious one as we’ve been linked with plenty of names, Mbokani among them, throughout the window, incidentally Glenn Murray is getting closer to a move to Bournemouth as I write.
The lack of centre back speculation is a worry though, it’s a position that we all know needs strengthening as a priority. Virgil van Dijk would be perfect but Southampton seem to be closing in on the Celtic man with Van Dijk reportedly following Southampton players on Twitter, this morning.
As for Quintero, is he the new Quagliarella, in terms of bridge too far speculation for Norwich City?
Probably but we all love a little day dream.