Norwich City are eyeing moves for defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou and centre-back Joris Gnagnon ahead of the close of the transfer window on the 8th of August, according to Estadio Deportivio (via The Pink Un).
According to the Spanish newspaper, the Canaries are willing to negotiate loan moves with a view to buying either player.
However, they are not the only ones interested in Gnagnon, with Premier League rivals Burnley also said to be interested in the Frenchman.
A move for the duo could increase the strength in depth in each of the positions.
Indeed, the second-tier champions have struggled with the fitness of their current centre-back options, with Christoph Zimmermann out for the start of the season, and Ben Godfrey, Timm Klose and Grant Hanley missing various games throughout pre-season. The latest absence was Klose, who missed the club’s final pre-season game last week Saturday versus Toulouse, with a hip injury.
Therefore a move for Gnagnon could be a good way to cover that area, especially with the 22-year-old’s struggle to hold down a place in the Sevilla team. The France youth international only made 16 appearances last season, with just seven coming in La Liga.
According to a scout report written about him by Breaking the Lines, the Ivorian has given ‘goosebumps’ to scouts from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and his record of 1.4 interceptions per 90 mins (WhoScored) would see him rank third in that metric if he were in the Canaries’ squad. That, obviously, isn’t bad going when you also consider the fact only five of their players made more tackles than Gnagnon over the same amount of time last season.
A move for Amadou would also be good for Daniel Farke’s side after it was revealed that Alex Tettey could need surgery on a small calf injury. That would leave just Tom Trybull and Louis Thompson as the out and out defensive midfielders at the club. Meanwhile, Amadou has top-flight experience in both La Liga and Ligue 1 and could prove to be an astute signing for the club.
He’d rank in the same position in terms of tackles per games as his aforementioned teammate while his passing completion rate of 85.8% would see him join as a more efficient distributor as all but two of Norwich’s current squad. With players like Todd Cantwell hoping for more of a central role in order to help create, having a base of midfield who can get the ball to any sort of creative outlet could be key.
Moves for Amadou and Gnagnon at the right prices would be smart business for Norwich in the final few days of the transfer window. Going off their stats from last season, the duo look like they can make an impact in Daniel Farke’s squad as the Premier League season looms.
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