Norwich City transfer rumours: Sporting Lisbon’s Marvin Zeegelaar on his way for medical
PUBLISHED: 10:24 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 25 January 2017
Norwich City have agreed a 3.5m euros fee for Sporting Lisbon left back Marvin Zeegelaar according to reports in Portugal.
The 26-year-old is travelling to England on Wednesday to undergo a medical and is ready to sign a contract worth 1m euros per season, says Lisbon-based newspaper A Bola.
Zeegelaar was only signed from fellow Portuguese top-flight club Rio Ave for just £430,000 a year ago and has since played regularly in the Champions League with Sporting and received a call-up to the Netherlands squad in November.
He is yet to be capped by his country but could find allies at Norwich in Ivo Pinto and Nelson Oliveira.
Pinto was with Rio Ave in 2011/12 – although didn’t play and went out on loan – and Oliveira also spent time on loan at the Vila do Conde-based club from Benfica when he was young.
Zeegelaar left Ajax for Spain in 2012, joining Espanyol but soon left for Turkish club Elazığspor having only played for the B team, where he enjoyed a more successful time and played regularly.
He briefly came to England in late 2013, making two substitute appearances for Blackpool in the Championship, before returning to Turkey and going on to join Rio Ave in the summer of 2014.
The Dutchman speaks fluent English, stands at 6ft 1ins tall and can also play as a winger.
The Canaries have been looking to sign a new left back after Martin Olsson’s departure to join Swansea City earlier this month.
The Swede signed a £4m deal at The Liberty Stadium leaving the Canaries short of options on the left side of their defence.
Alex Neil was coy over reports last week that City were interested in Zeegelaar but acknowledged the club’s need to bring in another left sided defender.
Robbie Brady, who has been deployed as a left back by Neil in the past, has also been heavily linked with a move away from Carrow Road with Burnley reportedly leading the race for his signature.
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