Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries hope to seal loan deal for Augsburg midfielder Leitner

PUBLISHED: 16:08 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 24 January 2018

Moritz Leitner during his Dortmund days. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Moritz Leitner during his Dortmund days. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

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Augsburg midfielder Moritz Leitner is a loan target for Norwich City ahead of the January transfer deadline.

Norwich City's new loan signing Moritz Leitner, centre, in Champions League action for Borussia Dortmund. Picture: Nick Potts/PANorwich City's new loan signing Moritz Leitner, centre, in Champions League action for Borussia Dortmund. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

It is understood the former Borussia Dortmund and Lazio player could join City before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday, January 31.

The 25-year-old came through the youth system or 1860 Munich, his home city, before joining Dortmund on a free transfer in 2011.

Leitner was capped at various youth levels by Germany, being capped 24 times and scoring seven goals at under-21 level.

The midfielder played a handful of games under Canaries head coach Daniel Farke when he took charge of Dortmund’s U23s in November of the 2015-16 season, although spent the majority of the second half of that season with the first team squad.

Moritz Leitner marks England U21 striker Danny Ings at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PAMoritz Leitner marks England U21 striker Danny Ings at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

He was then sold to Lazio for around 1.5million euros but made just two appearances for the Italian club before returning to Germany last January, being sold to Bundesliga side Augsburg, making six appearances before the end of the campaign but not featuring this season.

Leitner made a total of 67 appearances for Dortmund’s first team and picked up a Champions League runners-up medal in 2013, having made four appearances as Jurgen Klopp’s team made their way to the final.

He also made 17 appearances as Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2012 but his time with the German giants also included two seasons on loan at Stuttgart, making 44 appearances and scoring twce.

After signing for Augsburg in January 2017 Leitner signed a four-year deal but could now join Farke in Norfolk, with two further signings from Germany touted.

Cuban winger Onel Hernandez is thought to be close to signing after being touted with a £1.7m switch from Eintracht Braunschweig and Paderborn striker Dennis Srbeny is also understood to be close to joining the Canaries, with the German the current top scorer in the third tier.

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