Amadou ends City loan spell in late deadline day deal
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There has been some late deadline day action involving Norwich City, with Ibrahim Amadou’s loan from Sevilla cancelled early in favour of a return to La Liga for the rest of the season.
Madrid-based sports newspaper Diario AS claimed earlier this evening that Leganes were in negotiations with Amadou's parent club to take him on loan for the remainder of the season, as he remained on the fringes at Norwich - which has now been confirmed
The 26-year-old former Lille captain was signed amid much excitement from supporters in August but the defensive midfielder soon found himself covering for an injury crisis in central defence.
Ever since he has failed to establish himself as a combative midfield option under Daniel Farke, remaining behind the experienced Alex Tettey in the pecking order, making 13 appearances overall.
However, he has made just one appearance as a substitute in the last seven Premier League games and missed last week's FA Cup fourth round win at Burnley due to a minor knee injury.
Farke said on Friday afternoon that Amadou was back in training and available for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday, seemingly dismissing an Italian report earlier in the week which claimed Genoa were trying to sign Amadou.
However, it seems the player was unhappy with being a fringe player and decided it was better to cut short his time in England.
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Confirming the exit, City's confirmation story simply concluded: "Everyone at Norwich City wishes Ibrahim the very best for his future career."
Leganes are currently second from bottom in the Primera Division but only three points from safety, with the player's parent club Sevilla currently third in the Spanish top flight.
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Reports at the time of Amadou's arrival had suggested a £1m loan fee had been paid, with a potential £9m permanent option which could follow if City remained in the Premier League.
The January deadline in England and Spain is 11pm tonight.
The AS report stated that Leganes are looking for a replacement for Christian Rivera, a midfielder whose loan from second-tier side Las Palmas was cut short after he failed to impress, to join Girona in the second tier until the end of the season.
It adds that bringing David Timor back to Leganes from Getafe had been the plan but that with that not working out, Amadou was the next option, due to his experience of the Primera Division with Sevilla last season.
The late exit follows on from two deals involving Canaries youngsters, with Iceland youth international midfielder Isak Thorvaldsson heading to League One with Fleetwood Town and left-back Caleb Richards joining National League side Yeovil Town.
City's main business of the day was concluded early though, when Coventry left-back Sam McCallum was signed in a deal reportedly worth up to £3.5million, with the 19-year-old staying with the Sky Blues for the remainder of the season.