Date: 7th August 2019 at 12:59pm
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Norwich City have completed the signing of defensive midfielder, Ibrahim Amadou on a season-long loan deal from Sevilla.

Having said that the club were not in the market for any more signings over two weeks ago, it seems that Herr Farke and Mr Webber have had second thoughts about strengthening the squad’s defensive options.

Tom Trybull is currently the squad’s only fit defensive midfielder with 33-year-old Alex Tettey having not had a pre-season due to injury. If Trybull were to pick up an injury then, despite having players who can fill in, City would have a problem.

The answer to that problem is Amadou, who is 26-years-old and French but he was born in Cameroon. He can also play as a central defender if needed and he appeared 32 times for Sevilla last season having been signed last summer for a reported £12.96m from French Ligue 1 club, Lille.

Despite a decent enough first season in La Liga though with Sevilla finishing sixth, the Los Hispalenses’ new Head Coach, Julen Lopetegui doesn’t seem to rate him and so he has been earmarked to move all summer.

A lack of offers in the 10m euro bracket though has meant that a loan has now been agreed with an option to buy, reported as being 9.5m euros. City will cover all Amadou’s wages, a reported 3m euros for the year and also pay a 1m euro loan fee, meaning if he was permanently signed next summer, he would cost 10.5m euros.

Obviously any permanent deal is going to depend on City retaining their Premier league status.

It would appear that he we have a very decent looking midfield enforcer on our hands.

OTBC

 
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