Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries to rival Watford for signing of Polish defender

PUBLISHED: 18:06 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 18:06 23 April 2019

Sporting director Stuart Webber, left, and head coach Daniel Farke - the architects of City's success 
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Norwich City will reportedly rival Watford for the signing of Polish defender Pawel Bochniewicz this summer, once promotion to the Premier League is sealed.

That's according to national newspaper The Sun, who claim the Canaries are keen on the towering 23-year-old as Daniel Farke looks to bolster his defensive options.

Bochniewicz is playing for Gornik Zabrze in Poland after joining from Italian side Udinese in January of 2018, who are owned by the Pozzo family, who also own Watford.

While that would make the Hornets a more likely destination, if the former Poland Under-21 international was heading to England this summer, Norwich may be in the market for a new centre-back.

Christoph Zimmermann, Ben Godfrey and Timm Klose have been the front-line options for the Championship leaders this season, who need just a point to seal promotion, while a big goal difference swing would be needed for Leeds to close the six-point gap to City with two games remaining and deny promotion.

Grant Hanley is also an option and signed a new long-term contract in November, despite his season being badly affected by a thigh injury, keeping him on the fringes of the promotion push.

Godfrey and Zimmermann are also tied to long-term deals but Klose is out of contract this summer and it's unclear whether the 30-year-old Switzerland international will continue with the Canaries.

Former Lincoln defender Sean Raggett is also on the books but his loan spell at Rotherham was ruined by injury, while Marcel Franke has spent the last two seasons on loan in Germany and joined second tier side Darmstadt with a view to a permanent deal.

Bochniewicz has made 26 appearances for Zabrze, who sit 12th in the Polish top flight, after the 16-team competition was split into two, leaving them in the relegation half.

The centre-back only made two cup appearances for the Udinese first team, having played 11 games in the Italian second tier for Reggina as a youngster.

VERDICT: Bochniewicz doesn't seem to be playing at a high enough level to suggest he could be a starting option in the Premier League next season but City's sporting director Stuart Webber has made it clear his scouts are scouring all possible markets for bargains.

Emi Buendia was unearthed playing on loan in the Spanish second tier last season and was signed from Getafe for around £1.5million but has gone on to be a revelation for the Canaries this season and is already worth well in excess of 10 times that fee.

Whether City are in the market for a starting centre-back looks likely to depend on Klose's future, who would seem unlikely to pass up another shot at playing in the Premier League.

Yet with 55 goals conceded in 44 games this season, more options in defence could well be required and Bochniewicz only turned 23 in January.

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