Belgian side hoping to sign Canaries left-back

Sam Long of Oxford United and Rob Nizet of Norwich City in action during the EFL Trophy match at the

Rob Nizet in EFL Trophy action for Norwich City U23s at Oxford - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sporting Charleroi are keen to take Norwich City youngster Rob Nizet back to Belgium after the left-back entered the final year of his Canaries contract. 

That was according to Brussels-based newspaper DH les Sports, in a report this morning which claimed the Belgian top-flight side are tracking the 19-year-old. 

We understand that is correct and that the player has already travelled home for talks ahead of a potential move.

Nizet has been a regular starter at under-23 level for City in the past two seasons, scoring three goals in 25 games during the previous campaign. 

That included playing every minute of the four EFL Trophy matches, as David Wright’s development squad impressively beat League One side Plymouth 3-2 and thrashed League Two side Newport 5-0 to progress to the knockout stages. 

A 1-0 loss to Cheltenham was followed by a 6-0 defeat at MK Dons though, with players who had featured in earlier rounds unavailable due to first-team needs, including Josh Martin, Bali Mumba, Andrew Omobamidele and Tyrese Omotoye. 

Nizet scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Newcastle in Premier League Two in November and once during a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough in February but is yet to make a first-team squad, even with the senior problems at left-back during the first half of last season. 

The full-back has represented Belgium through the youth levels up to his U19 age group so far and was signed in 2019 after impressing for his country that summer at the European U17 Championship, signing a three-year deal.

Reports at the time in Belgium suggested Nizet hadn’t signed professional terms with Anderlecht so compensation would be due. 

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Charleroi finished 13th but clear of relegation trouble in the Juliper Pro League last season and have recently appointed a new head coach, Edward Still, after their lowest finish since promotion back to the top tier in 2012 – finishing third twice in recent years. 

The Canaries also have Sean Stewart progressing through their academy ranks, who was the regular starting left-back for the U18s last season and won two Northern Ireland U21 caps in friendly games last month.

Greek international Dimitris Giannoulis is expected to be the front-line option at left-back in the first team, with Sam Byram as competition if he can regain fitness, which would allow Sam McCallum to return to the Championship on loan.

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