Norwich City are being linked with every man and his dog right now and this weekend has been no exception.
Some of the names we’ve been linked with have been pretty unlikely in my opinion and rather than just report everything I see on the internet immediately, I’ve been trying to be a little more realistic in my reporting.
For example, last week we were linked with Joe Hart by, I think, The Sun. That’s one that’s surely not likely, is it? I mean, even if he did leave Burnley, then he’d want a fortune in his weekly pay packet.
Even though he’s struggled for form recently, he’s still a Premier League winner with 75 caps for England and he’s only 32. All that is going to add up to a pretty penny.
A much more realistic rumour, which first raised it’s head last week, concerns Rennes right back, Mehdi Zeffane. The Algerian international is out of contract next month and despite Rennes having opened contract extension talks, according to le10Sport.com in France this is not the most likely outcome.
A move seems on the cards and the lure of the Premier League is a decent card for Norwich to be able to play. Ivo Pinto has returned to Dinamo Zagreb, which is a good move for the player and club now that his contract has expired at Norwich. That means that Max Aarons needs some competition at right back.
Another realistic rumour concerns Bolton’s 18-year-old midfield prodigy, Luca Connell with the Canaries reportedly in the hunt along with Wolves, Everton and Spurs, as reported by the EDP.
Normally you’d just think “City can’t compete with that lot” and in terms of finance, no, we can’t. However, Daniel Farke gives youth a chance and there is a clear path to the first team for young players and that has not gone unnoticed among young players and their agents.
If he joined Spurs or Everton, or Wolves for that matter, is he likely to play? Probably not. Could he play at Norwich? Sure, why not? if he’s good enough. Perhaps Remi Matthews can have a word.
Another seemingly realistic target being reported by the EDP is West Brom midfielder, Rekeem Harper.
The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is yet to re-sign at The Hawthorns with the Baggies play-off results seemingly being linked to the lad’s future.
If West Brom were to win promotion then surely he’d sign a new deal there, especially as he’s become a regular in the side since he played against Norwich in the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns back in January.
Due to his age, there would be compensation to pay should he decide to leave the Baggies but it does seem a possibility, should the stars align and Villa beat them in the playoffs.
Sunday’s final transfer rumour was another highly unlikely one, in my opinion.
According to completesports.com Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday are tracking Middlesbrough midfielder, Jon Obi Mikel.
Mikel has spent the last six months at Boro on a short term deal that expires in June, having made 18 appearances since joining in January.
He looks likely to leave but do City need to be paying a 31-year old free agent like Mikel a small fortune?
He’s another Premier League winner and he’s got 85 caps for Nigeria too, vastly experienced he may be but is he any better than Tom Trybull or Alex Tettey?
I don’t think he is and I don’t think it’s likely.
All this is only my opinion though and having impressed at Middlesbrough, he could probably slot back into a Premier League midfield very easily. I just think he’d cost too much for it to be realistic.