Norwich City transfer rumours: Paderborn striker Srbeny in talks with Canaries

PUBLISHED: 13:16 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 24 January 2018

New Norwich City signing Dennis Srbeny, left, in action for Paderborn. Picture: Friso Gentsch/DPA

New Norwich City signing Dennis Srbeny, left, in action for Paderborn. Picture: Friso Gentsch/DPA

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German third tier club SC Paderborn have confirmed a Championship club have made a bid for prolific striker Dennis Srbeny, which is understood to be Norwich City.

The 23-year-old German is the top scorer in the Dritte Liga, the third tier of German football, with nine goals in 15 league games and also has eight assists to his name.

Standing at over 6ft 2ins tall, Srbeny has been crucial to Paderborn’s strong first half of the season, currently sitting top of the table with 15 wins from 21 games.

Liga3-online quote Paderborn sporting director Markus Krösche as saying: “Yes, we have an offer and the discussions are in progress.”

The website also points out that Paderborn are unbeaten in games that Srbeny has played in, winning 13 and drawing two of 15 games, but have lost four of their six games without him.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke grew up near Paderborn and was on the club’s books as a striker during the early stages of his career, before going on to play for clubs including SV Lippstadt in the German lower leagues.

His assistant, Eddie Reimer, also played for Paderborn as a defender and Farke studied economics at the University of Paderborn, while working as sporting director and head coach at Lippstadt, before his reputation grew as head coach of Borussia Dortmund U23s.

Srbeny was signed from BFC Dynamo last summer having scored 18 goals in 33 matches in Regionalliga North, the fourth tier of German football. He was previously on the books of Hansa Rostock, playing primarily for the club’s second team.

The Liga3-online report adds that a high six-figure fee is likely, with Sberny under contract until 2019, with Paderborn facing financial difficulties after posting a loss of over 3m euros for last season.

• Watch footage of Srbeny above, first seeing a header superbly saved and then scoring an 88th-minute winner against his old club Hansa Rostock, earlier this season

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