The general consensus seems to be that Norwich City won’t be too busy in terms of incomings in this transfer window. I seem to remember writing something similar this time last year, after Stuart Webber had said the same thing in the days leading up to January 1st.
Anyway, there have been a couple of links to other players in recent days, with William Remy being plastered all over social media, only for the EDP to dismiss that one out of hand and then today, we have an even more outlandish rumour, which the EDP are this time, sitting on the fence with.
I spotted this Twitter post at lunchtime today from Sabah Spor in Turkey regarding Trabzonspor attacking midfielder, Yusuf Yazici.
-İngiltere Championship ekiplerinden Norwich City, Yusuf Yazıcı'yı yakın takipte…
-Norwich, Championship'te 49 puanla 2. sırada yer alıyor. Ekip, ligi ilk 2'de bitirirse doğrudan Premier Lig'e yükselecek. pic.twitter.com/Xu8shcUBY9
— Sabah Spor (@sabahspor1) January 8, 2019
It seems highly unlikely that such a player would make a move to England’s second tier and the only comment in this tweet is that “Norwich City are following him closely.”
He has 71 appearances for Trabzonspor and 16 goals as well as 10 caps for the Turkish senior side too.
He still has three years left on his current contract which means he’ll command a rather hefty transfer fee, I’d say, certainly more than City can afford to pay now. As I wrote yesterday, after the EDP’s rebuttal of the William Remy rumours, football clubs look many months ahead in their quest for new players and you’d assume that Stuart Webber and his recruitment team are well along the road to planning for all eventualities.
Yusuf Yazici, and William Remy for that matter are probably players that have been watched by City scouts at one time or another with an eye always on the future. Which division the Canaries are playing their football in next season will determine the level of players that they go for, next summer.
Remember these names because although they may not appear on the back of a Norwich shirt this winter, next summer or the summer after that, they just might.