Norwich City transfer rumours: French defender leaves Canaries scouts impressed
PUBLISHED: 09:29 17 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 17 November 2019
Centre-back Axel Disasi has reportedly caught the attention of Norwich City after an impressive emergence in the French top flight.
The 21-year-old came through the youth system at Paris FC but helped Stade Reims earn promotion from Ligue Deux in 2018, making 13 appearances during that title-winning campaign.
Disasi was then restricted to just four top-flight appearances last season as Reims survived comfortably in mid-table but has been an ever-present so far during the current campaign, as his club compete in the top half.
They notably won 2-0 away to reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain in September and have conceded just six goals in 13 matches so far, two fewer than super-rich leaders PSG.
The former France U20 international, who stands at around 6ft 2ins tall, has impressed City's scouts according to French website Footmercato.net - who report that City are one of many clubs scouting the defender, but the only one to so far show definite interest ahead of the January transfer window.
However, their report also adds that Reims are not intending to cash in during the January window, as they look to build on a positive start to the season.
VERDICT: There's no doubt City are looking for another centre-back option and Disasi certainly looks to be making an impact at a good level.
That means Norwich are unlikely to be the only Premier League club interested in his potential and at 21 years old he would also fit the profile laid out by sporting director Stuart Webber, of having potentially big resale value should the Canaries slip to relegation.
Even with Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley set to be fit soon following injury, Timm Klose will miss the majority of a season. Beyond England U21 defender Ben Godfrey is academy prospect Akin Famewo but the 20-year-old hasn't been used by Daniel Farke during City's defensive injury crisis.
However, Webber has often spoken about planning two or three transfer windows ahead so Disasi may well be a player being considered for next summer, if he is unlikely to be available in January with Reims chasing Europa League qualification.
As with any business City are able to get done in January, the Premier League survival prospects of Farke's team once trading is under way will have a huge bearing on whether the club can attract the calibre of players they need to improve on the players they already have.