CLOCK TICKING: What will deadline day look like for Norwich City?
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Stuart Webber appears to be no fan of the mad deadline day scramble. Will Friday’s 11pm cut off be an exception or business as usual? Paddy Davitt assesses the state of play.
Philip Heise's unveiling on deadline day 12 months ago broke from the norm under sporting director Webber, although the intervening period has not worked out for either party with Heise departing back to Germany earlier this month and a loan stint at FC Nurnberg.
But Sam McCallum is poised to become another final day piece of business this time around.
Here is the situation ahead of the final few hours, with a condition check on what has happened to the make up of Daniel Farke's squad so far.
- Done deals
Arrived on loan until the end of the season from Hertha Berlin for a nominal loan fee.
Permanent move from Hoffenheim. Signed two and a half year deal. Reportedly €500,000, plus add ons.
Permanent move from Sochaux. Signed four and a half year deal. Nominal fee.
- Possible ins
Sam McCallum. The Coventry City youngster was in Norfolk on Thursday to finalise the details of a proposed permanent move. Reportedly for a fee in excess of £3m, plus add ons.
Subject to no issues with the medical, the 19-year-old left-back will immediately be loaned back to the Sky Blues for their League One promotion push. Expect that deal to go through officially early on Friday morning.
Danel Sinani is one they would like to bring in for the summer. A pre-contract looks the way forward at this stage. Negotiations remain on-going.
City still have a loan option available, however, should they wish to use it.
McCallum might not be the final piece of business if things fall into place on Friday. Either way, watch this space. #nocircus
- Possible outs
Norwich allowed Patrick Roberts to return to sender and then onto Middlesbrough. Ibrahim Amadou was touted with a similarly early break to his season long loan from Sevilla, at the start of this week, with his advisors reportedly in discussions with Genoa.
But Amadou trained on Thursday at Colney and that trail appears to have gone cold. Moritz Leitner, however, is one City would be willing to entertain a possible loan move for in a bid to get the German midfielder some regular game time.
Leitner has fallen down the pecking order and was left out of the 18 for the FA Cup fourth round win at Burnley.
City have also been very active this month in pushing many of their younger players out on loan, or recalling and then re-sending the likes of Simon Power and Louis Thompson back out the door. Another development squad exit before 11pm on Friday would hardly be a huge surprise.
Farke has said it himself enough times. They do not have the money to pay £10m, plus, for players at present. So strike a line through Hull's Jarrod Bowen. City are long time admirers but at that price, even if the Tigers are willing to cash in, Norwich are not in the conversation. Bowen is being touted with a £16m move to City's Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
Ben Gibson is another who has routinely been linked this month but the Burnley centre back is on Watford's radar. Plus Timm Klose's imminent return to the fold would leave City well-stocked in that central defensive department.
Ryan Bennett may be planning for a return to Norfolk when he eventually hangs up his boots, but there will be no playing reunion in this transfer window.
Given Josip Drmic played a full part in the FA Cup victory at Turf Moor - to fuel the belief his fitness issues might be finally behind him - there is no urgency to bring in attacking reinforcements either with Adam Idah in the building and Teemu Pukki still the main man.