Norwich City transfer rumours: Wolves, Hannover and Holstein Kiel also keen on Belgian winger

PUBLISHED: 10:05 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:05 02 July 2019

Is sporting director Stuart Webber eyeing another young Belgian talent to add to Norwich City's academy ranks? Picture: Tony Thrussell

Is sporting director Stuart Webber eyeing another young Belgian talent to add to Norwich City's academy ranks? Picture: Tony Thrussell


Could a second Belgian youth international be on his way to Norwich City this summer?

The Canaries announced the signing of Belgium Under-17 international Rob Nizet on Monday and now German football website Fussballeck claim the Canaries are interested in Dylan Mbayo.

The 17-year-old is on the books at Lokeren and played in the final two games of the Belgian top flight last season, starting both and setting up a goal in a 3-1 win at Cercle Brugge in March - with relegation already confirmed.

Mbayo - who made those senior appearances on the right wing - won his first Belgium U19 cap in March as well, having previously been capped at U18 and U17 level.

Fussballbeck claim Hannover are keen on the youngster after their relegation, with fellow Bundesliga II side Holstein Kiel a rival for Mbayo's signature, but also state their is Premier League interest from Norwich and Wolves.

Unlike City new boy Nizet, who reportedly hadn't signed professional terms at Anderlecht before his exit, Mbayo is under contract at Lokeren after signing in December until 2021 so a fee would be involved.

He is the son of former Lokeren midfielder Marcel Mbayo, who made over 150 appearances for the club between 2007 and 2011 - also winning 44 Democratic Republic of Congo caps during his career.

VERDICT: Belgium is a country the Canaries have been scouting, with the nation's rapid improvements on the international stage suggesting a rich talent pool, reaching the World Cup semi-final last year.

City's new U23 signing Nizet was signed after helping Belgium reach the quarter-finals of the U17 Euros in Ireland last month, which Mbayo was not involved with, despite not turning 18 until October.

He has been in action for Lokeren during pre-season already, scoring two goals in three games, including in a 7-1 win over lower level opposition on Saturday.

Yet with the Canaries actively looking to raise the quality levels in their under-23 squad ahead of the new season, it wouldn't be at all surprising if Mbayo was a player on the radar of sporting director Stuart Webber.

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