Bundesliga ace set to sign for Canaries
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Norwich City have teed up a January loan move for Hertha Berlin’s attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda.
Hertha sporting director, Michael Preetz, confirmed on Thursday afternoon Duda is expected to fly to England to complete the formalities when Hertha return from a mid-winter break in America.
That followed initial reports earlier on Thursday from transfermarkt.de City could be keen to buy the Slovakian midfielder, who appears to be out of favour at the Berliners under recently-appointed boss Jurgen Klinsmann.
That is wide of the mark, with the proposed deal based on a loan option only for the rest of the Canaries' Premier League season with no formal announcement expected ahead of Saturday's top flight trip to Manchester United.
Duda did not feature in Wednesday's friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Al Lang Stadium.
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The former Legia Warsaw talent has failed to build on an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga last season when he notched 11 goals and provided six assists in 32 German top flight games, with just seven league appearances this time around for 12th-placed Hertha.
But Duda is also a seasoned international, with five goals in 35 appearances, and was part of his country's European Championship qualifying campaign.
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Fortuna Dusseldorf had previously been linked to the midfielder, who recently told German football magazine, Kicker, he expected to move on.
"I've already decided to go - not because I don't want to stay, but because they don't want to," he is quoted as telling Kicker. "I want to go. I don't change my mind. If someone doesn't want you, it is not possible to stay."
The Canaries have yet to make any signings in the early days of the window but an attacking midfielder is reportedly high on the agenda.
Daniel Farke has tried a number of different options as chief support to Teemu Pukki in the first part of the Premier League season with Marco Stiepermann, Moritz Leitner and Kenny McLean all deployed in that advanced midfield role.