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Rumour Mill: Norwich City track free agent Ron Vlaar

PUBLISHED: 10:54 22 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 November 2015

Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar could be a January target for Norwich City. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar could be a January target for Norwich City. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

PA Wire

Norwich City is ready to offer Dutch international Ron Vlaar a return to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

The former Aston Villa centre back is edging closer to full fitness after a serious knee injury which has kept him out of the game for eight months and is available on free transfer in January after leaving the Midlands club last summer.

The Sunday Mirror report Alex Neil’s Canaries and Premier League rivals Sunderland are monitoring Vlaar’s situation, who also has offers from Germany and old club Feyenoord. The 30-year-old was reportedly in talks with Italians’ Lazio in the summer after indicating he was prepared to reject a new contract offer to stay at Villa Park, but was forced to undergo further surgery in Rotterdam during the close season after scans revealed a tear in his medial meniscus stemming from an original operation on his knee back in January.

Vlaar forged a reputation as a dominant central defender in English football who made 79 appearances for the Villans during a three-year stint and captained the side to the 2015 FA Cup final where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.

Neil was frustrated in his search for a centre back during the summer transfer window, with the likes of Vlaar’s fellow Dutch international Virgil van Dijk, West Ham stalwart James Collins, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Marseilles Nicolas Nkoulou all touted with potential Carrrow Road moves.

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