Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries, Leeds and Brentford among clubs tracking Dutch forward

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber, left, and head coach Daniel Farke Picture: Archant

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber, left, and head coach Daniel Farke Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Norwich City are reportedly among the clubs tracking Dutch forward Ole Romeny.

Reputed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International claim the Canaries are among a host of clubs showing interest in the 20-year-old’s progress at NEC Nijmegen.

Romeny scored nine goals in 30 games prior to the 2019-20 season being curtailed in March in Holland, with NEC sat eighth and outside of contention for promotion to the top flight, having been relegated from the Eredivisie in 2017.

The Holland U20 international stands at just over six foot in height and was a regular starter as a striker for his hometown club this season, although he also made appearances on the left wing.

The report claims that Norwich and Championship clubs Leeds and Brentford are interested, as well as Premier League giants Manchester City.

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Plenty of top-flight interest around Europe is also suggested, with Italian clubs Juventus and Bologna, German team Fortuna Dusseldorf and Spanish side Real Sociedad all mentioned, as well as domestic suitors in Heerenveen and Willem II.

Romeny made his debut for Nijmegen as a 17-year-old in 2018 and went on to start both legs off a promotion play-off defeat to FC Emmen as a winger despite his inexperience.

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The skilful attacker then established himself with four assists and a goal during 25 games in 2018-19, before becoming an influential player this season.

VERDICT: Does look to be the calibre of player City would be looking at as a future prospect, even if relegation to the Championship isn’t avoided.

Clearly if interest from some of the bigger clubs mentioned does become serious then the Canaries may struggle to compete but Romeny’s ability to play wide and up front would hint at potential development if he focused on one position primarily.

Norwich have had players on loan in the Dutch second tier in recent seasons, including midfielder Charlie Gilmour at Excelsior this season and Todd Cantwell at Fortuna Sittard previously.

City have also signed young talent playing at similar levels in France and Belgium in the last year, such as Belgium Under-21 defender Rocky Bushiri and Sochaux midfielder Melvin Sitti, with scouts scouring the continent for untapped potential.

An intention for a successful academy supply chain is well documented and the Canaries have already been strongly linked with signing USA U20 forward Sebastian Soto from German second-tier side Hannover and Sunderland prospect Bali Mumba recently.

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