The loan moves of young Canaries pairing Danel Sinani and Melvin Sitti have been confirmed.
Reports emerged in Belgium last week that Juliper League side Waasland-Beveren were close to sealing the loan signings of French midfielder Sitti and Luxembourg international forward Sinani.
Both players started for City’s under-23s in a 3-0 win over Reading at Colney in Premier League Two last week, with Sinani scoring the second goal.
Although both were signed earlier in the year, the duo weren’t able to join up with the Canaries until July, but with Daniel Farke currently having a big squad to maintain and with both seen as players still developing, it’s been decided they are better going out on loan for the time being.
Both head out on season-long loans, although as loans are window-to-window transfers Norwich are able to recall either player in January if they require.
Sinani was signed on a free transfer from Luxembourg club Dudelange, signing a contract until 2023, and featured regularly during pre-season.
The 23-year-old has mostly played as a wide forward so far during his career but after a good goal-scoring record it’s believed City see the potential to convert Sinani into a striker.
Sitti was signed from French second tier side Sochaux in January, signing a deal until 2024, but remained with his former club on loan and made 17 appearances in total last season.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder spent much of pre-season with the U23s but made his senior debut during a 3-1 defeat at Luton Town in the League Cup first round, when the Canaries were missing a host of players due to international action, coming on in the 86th minute.
Beveren are currently playing in their ninth consecutive season in the top flight, after narrowly avoiding relegation last season - with the league expanded to 18 teams rather than relegation being confirmed when the season was cancelled in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They have only won one of their opening six games though to sit second from bottom, losing 4-2 at home to Anderlecht on Saturday.