Norwich City confirm Ajax left-back Mitchell Dijks will not be signed on a permanent deal
PUBLISHED: 17:16 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 06 June 2017
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Dutch left-back Mitchell Dijks will not be joining Norwich City in a permanent deal this summer, the Canaries have confirmed.
The towering defender made 15 appearances for City after joining on loan from Ajax in January, scoring once, in a 2-2 draw at Wigan in February.
“Since the end of the season we’ve been in discussions with Mitchell and his representatives,” Canaries sporting director, Stuart Webber, told canaries.co.uk.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t come to an agreement and will now be moving onto other targets.”
The 24-year-old revealed late in the season that his agent was set for talks with Webber about a deal, with City having negotiated a purchase option – thought to be around £2.5million.
That was reportedly dependant on the Canaries achieving promotion back to the Premier League and with that opportunity missed, the wages and fee involved to sign Dijks have proved too much for Norwich.
It leaves Webber and new head coach Daniel Farke with work to do in the transfer market, with 22-year-old academy product Harry Toffolo the only senior left-back on the books at Carrow Road, having had the one-year option in his contract triggered after a loan spell with Scunthorpe in League One.
Last week the Canaries were linked with interest in Fleetwood’s Amari’i Bell, reported to be available for around £1m as he enters the final year of his contract, but with Aston Villa and Birmingham City also said to be interested.
Webber had spoken about the possibility of the Ajax defender staying towards the end of the season.
“Mitchell’s done well on his loan. Has he smashed it? I wouldn’t go that far,” he said, speaking to fan website AlongComeNorwich.com.
“He’s done reasonably well and I’m sure if we can get to a deal we’ll try and get to a deal, but at the same time it’s where he comes in, in terms of being realistic with the finances, because going forward it will ultimately come down to money.
“It’s not about the level of player because we know we’d like him, he’d want to stay, but it’s what it looks like financially.”