Norwich City transfer rumours: Turkish champions Basaksehir enquire about Hernandez
PUBLISHED: 14:53 04 October 2020 | UPDATED: 14:59 04 October 2020
Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir are reported to have asked Norwich City about the availability of Onel Hernandez, which would offer the winger the opportunity of playing Champions League football.
The speedy 27-year-old has started all four of City’s matches in the Championship so far this season and has made 89 appearances in total since signing from German side Eintracht Braunschweig in January 2018, scoring 11 goals and assisting 14.
After a crucial part in the Championship title triumph of 2018-19, Hernandez missed two chunks of the Canaries’ unsuccessful campaign in the Premier League with knee injuries, scoring once and assisting twice.
Now The Sun’s transfer guru Alan Nixon has claimed that Basaksehir have enquired about the Cuba-born former Germany Under-18 international, ahead of the European transfer window closing at 11pm on Monday.
Hernandez played 57 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Derby, with his shot winning a penalty, which was missed by Teemu Pukki. He is under contract at City until 2023, after signing a new deal following promotion in 2019.
Head coach Daniel Farke spoke about the attacker’s importance ahead of the new season, admitting that sometimes his final ball is lacking, but saying: “With his power and ability he is so important. Crucial. It says a lot for what we missed when he was injured for so much of the season.”
Basaksehir were only founded in 1990 and promoted to the Turkish top flight for the first time in 2007 but have finished in the top four in each of the last six seasons, winning their first title earlier this year.
They have some recognisable former Premier League players in their squad in former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, ex-Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli and former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
VERDICT: Not a rumour Canaries fans will have been expecting to arrive shortly before the European window, particularly given Hernandez hasn’t quite found his form yet this season.
Were a sizeable offer to come in then it may be considered but given the transfer attention around fellow attacking options Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia, and summer signing Kieran Dowell being out injured until January, it would seem unlikely that sporting director Stuart Webber would be open to Hernandez leaving.
The former Arminia Bielefeld and Wolfsburg II wide man is a player that Farke has often spoke positively about, in terms of attitude and ability, while his exciting style and likeable personality have made him popular with City fans - being voted into our Team of the Decade.
It could be a tantalising proposition for a player who had mostly played at lower levels in Germany before joining Norwich however, as well as a step up in standard.
With City’s finances in a comfortable position - with Ben Godfrey poised to seal a club record sale to Everton worth an initial £25m - it would seemingly take a very decent offer to be of interest, as Farke tries to get his squad settled.