The last few days of the summer 2017 transfer window look like they are going to be busy at several clubs, including Norwich City.
The news today is that having said last Friday that the Canaries aren`t likely to do any further business, Daniel Farke is overseeing a move for a new centre back in the form of Newcastle`s Grant Hanley.
It seems that the complete breakdown of the defensive unit at Millwall on Saturday has focussed the minds of Farke and Stuart Webber and they have knee jerked into life in the last few days of the window. Mind you, the media have known very little about prospective signings until they are on the verge of happening, so who knows what they`ve been planning?
Norwich have also been linked to Bristol City`s Aden Flint with Birmingham City reported via Sky Sports to have made a £3.5m bid for Flint today. The speculation on twitter is that the £3.5m has been turned down, which surely means Norwich would be priced out of the market for Flint, especially if they are moving for Hanley.
The former Blackburn man moved to St. James` Park last summer for £5.5m and rumoured wages of £40k per week. Clearly that is all too rich for Norwich in their current financial state, although if he wants to play regular football then he perhaps needs to consider what`s on offer at Carrow Road.
It could be that Newcastle are willing to cut their losses on the Scottish international and lower the fee to assist Norwich in paying for his wages. It might even be a loan yet, we`ll have to wait and see until something concrete is confirmed but a medical is thought to be taking place tomorrow.
Is this a panic move? A direct response to the drubbing at The Den? Or were City always in the market for another defender?
I dare say that neither Farke or Webber will elaborate much, one way or the other.
In other news, there are various reports, obviously unsubstantiated, that Nelson Oliveira is still on the verge of a move to Reading. There are no sources that I would actually call credible to report on that and I only mention it to give you a flavour of what social media is currently like.
I`ve read various other reports about other players that Norwich are supposed to be interested in. Many of them may have a grain of truth and many may not. I think we all know by now that the club are not keen on signing every single player that they are linked with.
Another player I`ve seen us linked with is Motherwell centre back, Ben Heneghan, along with every man and his dog. Sunderland, QPR, Rangers and Birmingham are all credited with an interest by The Sun`s Tom Barclay, who tweeted (@TomBarclay_) as much earlier today as well.
It seems likely that Norwich would have a list of centre backs and that with all the recent speculation, Hanley looks like the one they`ve gone for and are able to get done and over the line. Much will depend on individual players wanting to come to Norfolk, how much they want in wages and not to mention what other clubs are interested. The classic example of this would be Ross McCormack last summer, who ended up plumping for Villa over Norwich after the Villains offered him £40k a week for four years.
Definitely a bullet dodged.
One final snippet revolves around German defensive midfielder, Hanno Behrens.
You may have read that Alex Tettey is available for transfer in the last day or so, and if he goes we may look for another midfield enforcer.
The 27 year old currently plays for FC Nurnberg in Bundesliga 2 and has just started to follow Norwich City from his Instagram account (hannobehrens18). Behrens was first linked to Norwich back in July and unless he`s suddenly become a Canary fan, this is a good sign, I`d say.
The next fifty odd hours or so look like they are going to be interesting?