By Alistair Hann
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Norwich have already been busy in the summer transfer window, although their activity has been confined to loans, free transfers and budget buys.
Undoubtedly, the best news for Canaries fans, is that last season’s Championship top-scorer Teemu Pukki has put pen to paper on a new deal running to 2022.
The Finn contributed 29 goals and 10 assists to Norwich’s title win. Whether he can cut it in the Premier League will be the key to the club’s survival chances.
Our traders aren’t optimistic.
They have Norwich at 10/11 for relegation in 2019/20, making them pre-season favourites for the drop, ahead of fellow promoted side Sheffield United.
Rhodes to return after last season’s loan?
Norwich’s greatest fear is that Pukki picks up an injury during the campaign. Thus the need for back-up strikers.
There are rumours that Jordan Rhodes could sign for the club for around £10 million from Sheffield Wednesday.
Rhodes played 36 games on loan for Norwich last season, scoring just six goals. But he did much of the donkey-work that freed Pukki to keep banging them in.
One striker who will definitely feature at Carrow Road in 2019/20 is Swiss international Josip Drmic. He’s joined Norwich on a free from Borussia Monchengladbach, despite scoring just twice in an injury-plagued campaign.
Another possibility is for Norwich to sign Dwight Gayle at 10/1. The nippy striker is valued at around £13 million by Newcastle United.
Drinkwater and Hart Norwich bound?
To provide competition for first-choice keeper Tim Krul, Norwich have signed 30-year-old Schalke-stopper Ralf Fährmann on a season-long loan.
Nonetheless, Norwich are also 6/1 to sign Joe Hart before the window slams shut.
To further bolster their defence, the Canaries have signed right-back Sam Byram, 25, on loan. The former Leeds player missed much of last season’s loan at Nottingham Forest with a knee injury.
And finally, the Canaries are outside bets to secure a former Premier League title winner…
Yes, Danny Drinkwater is 12/1 to sign for Norwich, despite talk that new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard plans to reintegrate the midfielder into the Blues’ set-up.