The Football Transfer Tavern is all of sudden full of excitement after talkSPORT suggest that Norwich City are preparing a surprise bid for former Barcelona striker Maxi Lopez.
The Canaries have already been productive in the transfer window with six arrivals at Carrow Road already including impressive Dutch duo Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer.
The former Newcastle United manager is reportedly now looking to Lopez to solve the final piece in the jigsaw.
At one time Lopez was regarded as the most promising striker in world football when he made the switch to Barcelona in 2005 from River Plate. However it didn’t work out for the Argentine at the Camp Nou and after just 14 starts with no goals to his name he departed to join FC Moscow in 2007.
His spell in Russia was mixed and he was sent out on loan to Gremio in Brazil where hit 17 goals which attracted suitors across Europe. Lopez, who won 24 Argentine caps between 2001-2004, moved back to Spain with Catania in 2010. He has since spent time away at Milan and Sampdoria where he netted four goals in 17 games last year.
His next move could be to the Premier League with Hughton plotting to offer the 29-year-old a three-year deal after agreeing a fee of around £3.5 million.