As first brought to you here, on Sunday by my sterling assistant, LeeBoz, there seems to be something in Norwich City’s renewed interest in Dieumerci Mbokani.
Het Nieuwsblad and VoetballNieuws.be are both now reporting that the player could well be on his way to Norwich City.
The story initially broke in June with a reported offer from City to Dynamo Kiev for around £4.5m being rejected and that his previous club, Anderlecht wanted the remainder of the money they were owed by Kiev before any deal could be done to move Mbokani on.
Various reports I’ve translated from Belgian sites, including the two mentioned above suggest that initially Kiev wanted ?12m for their Congolese striker but that Norwich had offered ?6m in June. Sergei Rebrov (remember him?), the Kiev manager, does not want Mbokani hanging around again this term as he spent most of last season out of the team for one reason or another and it seems Kiev want to move him on.
The player himself was quoted by French radio RFI last week as saying:
‘I really want to play in the Premier League. I believe that time has come for me.
‘I would have gone there two years ago, but I chose Kiev because they play every season for the title and participate in the Champions League.
‘This is the right moment to go, and I want the challenge of testing myself in one of the best leagues in Europe.
‘I have no personal agreement with the club regarding my leaving, but I do not expect any problem at that level.’
In case you are unsure of who this guy actually is then here are a few stats for you.
He is 6’1′ tall and is described as being quick and powerful. He won four Belgian First Division titles with Standard Liege and Anderlecht before moving to Kiev in 2013 for a fee of around £7.5m and has a fairly impressive goal scoring record.
Since 2011 for both Anderlecht and Kiev, he made 86 appearances and scored 50 goals. He is a DR Congo International (so will know Youssouf Mulumbu) and has a record of 30 appearances and 15 goals for his country.
Sounds awesome eh?
You should be aware though that he hardly played last season due to injury and reported issues with Rebrov. He is going to turn 30 in November and is also reportedly wary of the Political issues in the Ukraine (I can’t blame him for that) and therefore wants out of Kiev.
It now seems though as if a deal between City and Kiev is back on and the talk that a compromise can be reached is being widely reported by all and sundry, including the Daily Star.
In case you want to see a little of what Mbokani is all about, here is a video which shows all 13 of his goals in for Kiev in the 2013-14 season.
He looks quite tidy.