Norwich City transfer rumours: Leeds, Forest and Canaries interested in Belgian striker
PUBLISHED: 17:23 10 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:14 11 December 2019
Leeds and Nottingham Forest are set to rival Norwich City for the signing of striker Renaud Emond in January, according to a national newspaper report.
The 28-year-old has scored seven goals in 19 games for Standard Liege so far this season, regularly captaining his side in the top flight in Belgium.
Emond has been with Liege since 2015, scoring 43 goals in 138 games in total, but The Sun claim he is interesting clubs in England ahead of the transfer window opening.
The tall forward won the Belgian Cup in 2016 and 2018 with Liege, scoring six goals on the way to that first Beker van Belgie triumph.
Standard currently sit third in the Jupiler Pro League and Emond is under contract until 2021, with the option of a further year.
The report claims a fee in the region of £3million would be required.
VERDICT: A regular goal-scorer at a decent level on the continent, with the £3m fee fitting with the type of deals the Canaries would be able to consider in January.
Teemu Pukki is clearly the first choice striker at Norwich, with 15 goals in 22 games for club and country so far this season, but Emond would provide more experienced competition than Dennis Srbeny.
With Josip Drmic's injury problems continuing since he's arrived at City - currently out until January with a hamstring problem - the only other striker is 18-year-old Adam Idah.
The arrival of another option could allow the Republic of Ireland U21 international to get his first taste of loan action in a lower division, to ensure his development doesn't stall.
Emond looks to be big and strong, so could well provide competition for Pukki similar to that which Jordan Rhodes previously offered in the Championship.