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Transfer News: Norwich City Make Second German Swoop For Lukas Rupp

Norwich City have signed experienced German midfielder Lukas Rupp from Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old has spent most of his career in the German top flight, playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach, SC Paderborn and VfB Stuttgart.

He joined Hoffenheim in 2016 and his contract was due to expire in the summer.

Rupp has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Carrow Road, with reports in Germany stating the Canaries have paid just under £500,000 to bring him to England.

“It’s a childhood dream. I was in the Bundesliga for ten years now and it’s a new chapter for me. I wanted to be part of the team here and help the team stay in the Premier League," said Rupp.

“I know Mario Vrančić, I played with him at Paderborn, and from the national team I know Marco Stiepermann.

“I’m looking forward to training with the guys. Saturday [against AFC Bournemouth] is an important game and I can’t wait to get started.”

Head Coach Daniel Farke added: “Lukas is a great guy who has a lot of experience. He’s played for some very big clubs in Germany and has a lot of game time in the Bundesliga.

“He’s a versatile player who can play in a number of positions in the midfield and has also played at full-back.

“He’ll be a valuable option for us going forward and is a very good character. He’s an important signing for us and we’re happy that a player of his experience has committed to us.”

Rupp is Norwich's second new signing in the space of two days following the loan capture of Hertha Berlin midfielder Ondrej Duda.

Transfer News: Norwich Loan Hertha Berlin Attacking Midfielder Ondrej Duda

Norwich City have signed midfielder Ondrej Duda on loan from German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin until the end of the season.

The Slovakian international scored 11 goals for Hertha last season, but has fallen out of favour this term.

Before making the move to Germany, Duda was a key player for Polish side Legia Warsaw.

Duda joins a Norwich team who are currently rock bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety.

“I spoke with the coach (Daniel Farke) a few days ago about the possibility to come here and in the end, I decided I want to come here. I wanted to decide fast and right and I’m happy to be here," Duda said.

"He (Farke) was just honest with me. He told me what was going on here and he told me everything about Norwich. When we talked, it was clear that I wanted to come here.

“I’m going to do my best, but first of all, I need to get into match rhythm and we will see. I hope we are going to take some points, step-by-step. In the end, hopefully everyone will be happy.”

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke added: "We’re really happy that it was possible for us to get Ondrej on board. He was fantastic last season for Hertha Berlin and was able to deliver many goals and assists.

“It’s a good deal for all parties. We’re bringing in a player who can play in the number ten role or in the wider areas and he’s proven that he can score goals and provide assists at the highest level.

“We’ll have to see how quickly he can help us and adapt, but we’re hopeful he can be a very good option for us for the second part of the season.”

Transfer News: Norwich Confirm Loan of Attacking Midfielder Ondrej Duda

Norwich City have signed Slovakia attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda on loan from Hertha Berlin for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old has not played for the German club since early December but scored 11 goals and had six assists in the Bundesliga last season.

Norwich are eight points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League.

"I'm going to do my best, but first of all, I need to get into match rhythm and we will see," he said.

"I hope we are going to take some points, step-by-step. In the end, hopefully everyone will be happy."

Canaries boss Daniel Farke said: "It's a good deal for all parties.

"We're bringing in a player who can play in the number 10 role or in the wider areas and he's proved he can score goals and provide assists at the highest level.

"We'll have to see how quickly he can help us and adapt, but we're hopeful he can be a very good option for us in the second part of the season."

Transfer News: Norwich Confirm Loan of Hertha Berlin midfielder Ondrej Duda

Norwich City have signed midfielder Ondrej Duda on loan from German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin until the end of the season.

The Slovakian international scored 11 goals for Hertha last season, but has fallen out of favour this term.

Before making the move to Germany, Duda was a key player for Polish side Legia Warsaw.

Duda joins a Norwich team who are currently rock bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety.

“I spoke with the coach (Daniel Farke) a few days ago about the possibility to come here and in the end, I decided I want to come here. I wanted to decide fast and right and I’m happy to be here," Duda said.

"He (Farke) was just honest with me. He told me what was going on here and he told me everything about Norwich. When we talked, it was clear that I wanted to come here.

“I’m going to do my best, but first of all, I need to get into match rhythm and we will see. I hope we are going to take some points, step-by-step. In the end, hopefully everyone will be happy.”

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke added: "We’re really happy that it was possible for us to get Ondrej on board. He was fantastic last season for Hertha Berlin and was able to deliver many goals and assists.

“It’s a good deal for all parties. We’re bringing in a player who can play in the number ten role or in the wider areas and he’s proven that he can score goals and provide assists at the highest level.

“We’ll have to see how quickly he can help us and adapt, but we’re hopeful he can be a very good option for us for the second part of the season.”

Transfer Rumour: Doncaster Loan Interest In Norwich Starlet Adam Idah Continues

Rovers are understood to have had an agreement to sign the 18-year-old on loan for the rest of the season, prior to an injury crisis at Norwich which paved the way for Idah to start recent matches.

He netted a hat trick in the FA Cup against Preston North End, earning a starting berth against Manchester United on Saturday.

After he featured for more than an hour for Norwich at Old Trafford, the subject of Idah was raised with Moore following Rovers' 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers.

But the Rovers boss - who has previously admitted to assessing Idah - was in no mood to discuss the youngster.

"He's a good player - that is why he is playing where he is playing," Moore said.

"I can't elaborate any more than that.

"I wish him well after his debut. Just like any other young player in the game I wish him well.

"My job and attention here is to focus on Doncaster Rovers.”

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has yet to fully rule out a loan move for Idah this month, with his striker issues set to ease next week.

It is expected that interest in the Republic of Ireland youth international will have heightened following his FA Cup heroics, bringing greater competition to Rovers for his services.

But the Canaries were confident the Keepmoat was the right place for Idah's development in his first loan move.


On his performance at Old Trafford, Farke said: "It was difficult for him in front of 70,000 people to be there with his first appearance in a Premier League starting line-up.

"Sometimes, you have to jump in the water.

"We got the feeling it was his chance because we have several injured strikers. Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmic will come back in the next days and it was a difficult situation.

"We backed him and he worked a lot. I was pleased with his workload and I didn't expect any miracles from him."

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Villarreal left-back Xavi Quintilla

The 23-year-old is in the final six months of his contract with the Spanish top-flight side and has been a regular in La Liga so far this season.

However, The Sun on Sunday report that a £1.5million deal with the Canaries could be struck during the current transfer window, rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

Quintilla came through the youth system at Barcelona and earned youth caps for Spain through to under-19 level, with the article claiming he is keen on a Premier League move.

It is also stated that City's precarious position in the survival race will be factored into his contract - claiming that the Canaries could also be open to offers for Northern Ireland left-back Jamal Lewis.

The Spaniard has started 15 of Villarreal's 19 league matches so far this season, including a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad last week, claiming two assists.

Sam Byram has started nine of the last 10 Premier League matches at left-back, keeping the position since Lewis picked up a minor knee injury.

The £750,000 summer signing is primarily a right-back however and there has been a surge in transfer activity surrounding talented right-back Max Aarons this month, with Sky Sports recently adding Borussia Dortmund to the lengthy list of big clubs apparently interested in the England U21 international.

Sporting director Stuart Webber has stated that any permanent signings this month would have to make financial sense for City, with the threat of relegation looming large.

At £1.5m and 23 years old Quintilla could fit into that category, with a chance to impress in the Premier League potentially offering the chance for a quick profit in the summer, if City were to go down.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Arsenal's Nketiah

Bristol City are hopeful of concluding a transfer deal or two ahead of the weekend as the Robins look to make the moves that could add the quality needed to make the top six, and top of the list is Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.  Head coach Lee Johnson is hopeful of recruiting at least one player before the game against Wigan on Saturday, with several "plates spinning".

On Nketiah, Bristol Live understands that the Robins have agreed a deal with Arsenal to loan Nketiah, and the Gunners are happy to send the 20-year-old to Ashton Gate for the remainder of the campaign as was the case in the summer window.

However, reportedly interest from the Premier League is now beginning to mount. Aston Villa are desperate for forward reinforcements as the Villans look to replace injured Wesley Moraes and are considering a move, depending on their chase for other strikers.

A hamstring injury to the Canaries' main striker Teemu Pukki means that Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber have sounded out a late move for the former Leeds United loanee and sources believe that Nketiah could now head to Carrow Road.

Idah Set For First Premiership Norwich Start

Norwich sit bottom of the table and 7-points from safety ahead of Saturday's meeting with Manchester United, and they remain without top-scorer Teemu Pukki after he sustained a hamstring injury in their New Year's Day draw with Crystal Palace.

The Finland international has scored nine goals in his 21 Premier League appearances to date.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says Swiss striker Josip Drmić is working his way back to fitness following a hamstring problem of his own, but won't be available for the game at Old Trafford, "He joined us for the first time since his long-term injury during this week in order to take part.

"[He managed] a few exercises during this week but it's too soon for him to take part."

Regarding Pukki's return, Farke told his pre-match press conference, "I hope at any point during next week he'll join us back in team training and I'm pretty confident he'll be available during the Bournemouth game."

So, whither FA Cup hat-trick hero Idah? Republic of Ireland assistant manager Terry Connor is set to be at Old Trafford to watch Idah following his heroics at Deepdale last week.

Mick McCarthy said in the wake of that 3rd round tie that Idah may well force himself into his plans for Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff with Slovakia in March, but Farke appears keen not to pile the pressure on the 18-year old.

"We will see. We are struggling a bit of course with injuries of our main striker options with Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmić", Farke said on Friday.

"Of course, Adam Idah is a good option for us without any doubt. He's done really alright at Preston in the [FA] Cup game and we'll see how we decide."

The German was keen to point out that it wasn't so long ago - namely their Carabao Cup exit to Crawley Town - that some were writing off Idah's ability to step into the first team, "Please be careful with these young lads - we can't be too high and we can't be too down.

"After Crawley when he played and there was an own goal and we lost this game, everyone labelled him as 'too far away from the Premier League' and we supported him and backed him."