Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries among clubs tracking Turkey Under-21 defender

PUBLISHED: 10:05 31 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:11 31 December 2019

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Norwich City are said to be among the clubs tracking the progress of Turkey Under-21 defender Ravil Tagir, with reports in Turkey claiming Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are also monitoring the centre-back.

Tagir is only 16 but has featured regularly for Altinordu in the Turkish second tier this season, making 15 league appearances for the mid-table side so far.

Turkish media outlet Spor Haberler claim those clubs are scouting the youth international but that no offers have been lodged with the club, which is based in the city of Izmir.

Tagir - who stands at around six foot tall - made his Turkey U21 debut in September, playing all of a 3-2 home defeat to England in which Norwich trio Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey both played, with Todd Cantwell and unused substitute.

He has two caps at that level, having played regularly in younger age groups, and has contributed to an upturn in recent form for his club who have kept three clean sheets during a four-game unbeaten run.

VERDICT: Clearly one with an eye on the future and no suggestion that anything is imminent, with the January transfer window poised to swing open in Norwich.

Centre-backs don't tend to start out at senior football at such a young age, so it's little surprise that Tagir's progress at 16 will have been flagged up to bigger clubs.

Even if City's apparent interest did turn into something more certain, it's likely he would be seen as an under-23 signing initially, with the club's use of the loan market for their best talent apparent in recent seasons.

Sporting director Stuart Webber has repeatedly emphasised how important it is to ensure a steady flow of potential first team talent is progressing through the academy system, using the phrase "invest more time in the root, rather than the fruit".

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