Norwich City transfer rumours: Midfielder opted for Hamburg after missing flight to England
PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:59 19 June 2019
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German midfielder Sonny Kittel reportedly turned down interest from Norwich City to join Hamburg, after missing a flight to England to discuss terms.
That's according to regional newspaper the Hamburger Abendblatt, after the 26-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Bundesliga II side from Inglostadt, who have just been relegated to the third tier.
The 26-year-old scored 11 goals and created another six during 34 games last season but remains in the second tier, with Hamburg just missing out on a return to the Bundesliga.
Kittel is a former Germany Under-20 international who came through at Eintracht Frankfurt and has top-flight experience, but saw the early stages of his career disrupted by injuries.
The report claims the midfielder had stalled on talks with Hamburg as he was due to fly to Norwich for talks with Daniel Farke about a Premier League opportunity.
However, having missed his flight, a change of heart followed and Kittel decided staying in Germany was the best decision for his career.
"I had a lot of options and a lot of talks," Kittel told the newspaper. "After the conversation with (Hamburg head coach) Dieter Hecking I drove home and had the direct feeling that it has seized me.
"He has addressed many things that are important to me."
VERDICT: After a decent season in Bundesliga II and a degree of unfulfilled potential from the early stages of his career, Kittel seems just the kind of player City would be aware of.
It's unlikely Farke would have been able to guarantee the attacking midfielder regular action in the Premier League though and Hamburg is a recovering giant of German football which will be again chasing a return to the Bundeslia next season, having been relegated in 2018 and finished fourth in the second tier last season.
With attacking midfield options already including Marco Stiepermann, Emi Buendia, Mario Vrancic, Todd Cantwell and loan signing Patrick Roberts, there is already plenty of competition in that area of City's squad.
However, City have reportedly agreed a deal worth around £3million with Motherwell for goal-scoring midfielder David Turnbull, so Farke may be keen on another option.