Ipswich Town transfer rumours: Could Blues really move for Norwich winger?
PUBLISHED: 12:42 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 18 July 2018
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Ipswich Town are among a string of clubs being linked with a move for Norwich City winger Yanic Wildschut.
HITC Sport claim Ipswich and Bolton Wanderers have joined Championship rivals Wigan in the race for the powerful forward, who moved to Carrow Road in 2017 for a fee which could ultimately reach £7million.
The Dutch winger is currently in Germany as part of the Canaries’ pre-season tour, although it is thought he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Norwich head coach Daniel Farke.
The report states the three Championship clubs have made an enquiry, but stop short of confirming whether it would be a permanent transfer or a loan move.
The 26-year-old scored once in 20 games under Farke last season – the winner in a 1-0 success at Sheffield United in September – before joining Cardiff on loan. Neil Warnock did not look to take him to Wales full-time following promotion to the Premier League.
He has 12 months remaining on his contract with Norwich.
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In theory, Wildschut is the kind of player Ipswich manager Paul Hurst would be looking at. Wingers play an important part in his sides and the Blues boss highlighted this as an area of need early in his reign.
The former Ajax trainee scored plenty of goals during his time at Wigan but these have dried up of late, with just two coming during his spells with Norwich and Cardiff.
Jordan Roberts and Gwion Edwards have already arrived, with Hurst’s recruitment policy so far indicating he wants young, hungry players eager to step up a level. Wildschut doesn’t fit the bill in this regard.
Then there’s his wage packet, which is sure to fall considerably outside the Blues budget meaning the Canaries would need to heavily subsidise a loan move. If Norwich are intent on recouping a large part of their original spend on the 26-year-old, which is at least £4million, then a permanent move to Portman Road is almost certainly off the table.
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Lastly, there’s the question of whether the two clubs would really do business at this level. Would the Canaries subsidise a loan move to a bitter rival? Highly unlikely.
All-in-all, this seems a difficult deal to get done, even if the Blues are interested.