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Daniel Farke Dismisses Eintracht Frankfurt Speculation

Daniel Farke is braced for a summer of speculation around his own future at Norwich City.  

Farke is out of contract in just over 12 months, and was linked this week with a return to Germany to take over at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Farke revealed previously he had rejected overtures from home, after plotting the club’s Championship title triumph in 2019, and he is prepared for another wave of interest in his services.

“I don't mind. You have to live in this business with speculations and rumours and if there's something in the press it's quite normal,” he said, with Farke touted as being on Frankfurt’s short list for next season.

“Max Aarons was already sold to Barcelona I was told and then it was Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. He was sold to more or less every Premier League side in the top six.

"Yet he stayed to try and help us get promoted and lift the silverware. 

“You know my attitude. I never comment on any speculation or rumours about my own personal situation. Sometimes I have to do this about the players, but never about my situation.

"I was always crystal clear in my words about my situation and always fulfilling my contract. There's nothing to add and nothing has changed. That's that.”

Norwich City: Weekly Injury Update

Daniel Farke has declared Emi Buendia fit for Norwich City's match against AFC Bournemouth this Saturday.

The City playmaker was withdrawn last weekend against Derby County with an ankle knock but Farke has revealed he's shaken off the issue.

Elsewhere, the City head coach revealed that Michael McGovern and Adam Idah are back in training, although Saturday's game comes to soon for them.

Christoph Zimmermann's rehab is going well and Farke hopes to have the centre-back available for the final game of the season against Barnsley.

However, there was disappointing news delivered on the fitness of Lukas Rupp who will miss the rest of the campaign.

"The season is over for Lukas Rupp, we re-assessed his injury on the hamstring muscle. The tendon needs time to settle down.

"He'll be out for five weeks, hopefully he is back ready for pre-season. We won't take any risks with him anymore."

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke Linked With Eintracht Frankfurt Vacancy

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke is believed to be a candidate to take charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, sources have told TEAMtalk.

44-year-old Farke has a burgeoning reputation in the game, having been in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s second team before being appointed by Norwich in 2017. Farke guided Norwich to promotion to the Premier League in his first season. Although relegation followed, he has again followed that up with the Canaries on the brink of securing the Championship title.

But Farke’s performance in England has not gone unnoticed. He was linked with a move back to his native Germany last summer. His name has also been mentioned in relation to a number of Premier League jobs.

However, a new vacancy in German could very well appeal with Eintracht Frankfurt on the lookout for a head coach.

Frankfurt are having a very good season and are well on their way to a top-four finish in the Bundesliga. They are just a point behind third-placed Wolfsburg.

But they have lost their current boss with Adi Hutter agreeing to take over at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Frankfurt are now on the lookout for their new head coach and Farke has emerged as one of the contenders. Farke has a year left on his current deal but there is believed to be a break clause should he wish to use it.

Although we understand that Norwich are desperate for Farke to sign a new deal at the club. They hope the lure of another season in the Premier League could help him reject the overtures of any rival offers.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Greek Striker Giorgos Giakoumakis

It has been reported in the media today that Norwich City are apparently taking a close look at Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis to help bolster their Premier League strike-force, with the report first appearing through the TEAMtalk outlet.

The front-man who plays for VVV Venlo has been taking the Dutch league by storm this season, and is averaging almost a goal a game. His stats for the season currently show him having scored 27 goals in just 29 appearances, and lies top of the Eredivise goalscoring table.  To put that into context, his closest rival is PSV’s Donyell Malen – a striker who is thought to be rated in the €30m bracket.

Rather impressively for Giakoumakis and VVV Venlo, his 24 goals in the league this season have come from just 38 shots on target.

His performances have, understandably, seen a host of clubs become very keen to watch him closely, with sources having revealed to TEAMtalk according to their article that Norwich City are indeed one of those parties who are interested in potentially acquiring his services.

The Canaries have stayed commendably loyal to a lot of the players who helped them to gain promotion to the Premier League last time around two years ago. However, Norwich's hierarchy also seeming understand that they need to give boss Daniel Farke more options to help keep them up this time around.

Andrew Omobamidele Set To Retain Place For Huddersfield Match

Daniel Farke has confirmed that young central defender Andrew Omobamidele who made his first start for the team last Friday versus Prestin North End is set to feature again vs Huddersfield Town, with the Canaries manager insisting that his place in the starting 11 is fully deserved.

The 18-year-old came into the starting 11 in the Canaries’ 1-1 draw with Preston North End. The centre-back played all 90 minutes, having come into the starting line up with two senior central defenders Ben Gibson and Christoph Zimmerman both being ruled out through injury.

It was just the second first team appearance for Omobamidele, who had previously made his debut in a brief substitute appearance in the club's 2-1 win against Cardiff City back in January.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Farke said:

“The first objective is to win games of football. I have to make sure young players are prepared – I will never throw a young player in for plaudits.

“Every club says the youth and their academy is their future, but it’s important on how you act. When I get the feeling a player is prepared, I will play – it doesn’t matter if he is 18 or whatever.

“Not each and every young player is made for shining. I have to praise our academy and the attitude our young lads have. You need to be confident. Bali and Andrew are fantastic lads – it’s not a gift that they’re involved.”

 

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Man Utd's Young Star James Garner

Speaking to Stretty News, Nottingham Forest loan star James Garner’s agent has revealed Norwich City and Rangers are among the sides keen on the midfielder ahead of the summer transfer window.

The young Manchester United loanee has made a very good impression for Forest at the City Ground since joining the club on loan in the January transfer windown. Garner endured an underwhelming stint with Watford in the first half of the season but has become a regular with former Norwich manager Chris Hughton at his current club Nottingham Forest.

With Forest, Garner has played in 13 Championship games, netting two goals in the process. The 20-year-old has locked down a place in midfield, featuring alongside either Ryan Yates or Cafu.

Garner’s parent club Manchester United are yet to make a decision regarding his immediate future at Old Trafford. It awaits to be seen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bring him into the first-team or sends him out on another loan deal.

If they pursue a third loan deal for Garner, a host of clubs are said to be interested. As per Steven Beck, Garner’s agent, has said Norwich City, Rangers and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keen.

“Third loan? I honestly don’t know. I had a couple of chats with John Murtough (United’s director of football) last week.

“But, I’m so relaxed on the situation, as is James because things are going so well for him.

“James has put himself in a great position where he’s probably going to have, if he does go out on loan again, the majority of the Championship and I would be amazed if one or two Premier League clubs don’t try and do something. I know Brighton like him, I know Norwich like him. […] I know Rangers are really keen on him as well.”

The England youth international has experience of playing for the Red Devils’ senior side, breaking into Solskjaer’s plans last season.

Garner has played seven times for United’s first-team, coming into the side after impressing for their youth sides. It awaits to be seen what the Premier League side’s stance on his immediate future is ahead of the summer window.

Transfer News: Norwich Put £35m Price Tag On Aarons As Bayern Make Approach

Norwich have told Bayern Munich they will have to pay between £30-35m if they want to sign Max Aarons this summer.

The German champions have been scouting Aarons for two years and have begun negotiating with the Canaries through an intermediary over a deal for the right-back.

Norwich are in no rush to discuss a deal, though, and would prefer to conclude talks at the end of the season. They are currently top of the Championship and are keen to focus their attentions on an immediate return to the Premier League

Manchester United are also understood to be keen to bolster their options at right-back in the summer and have been scouting Aarons extensively in recent months.

The 21-year-old was close to a move to Barcelona in September, only for the deal to collapse and the Spanish giants to sign Ajax full-back Sergino Dest instead.

Aarons has impressed for Norwich this season, playing every minute of their 29 league games and chipping in with a goal and three assists.

He began his career with Norwich and has gone on to make 114 appearances for the club. He made his debut in August 2018 and quickly went on to establish himself as the club's first-choice right-back.

Transfer Rumour: Huddersfield Midfielder Lewis O’Brien on Norwich's Radar

Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien is finding himself in-demand once again, with Championship promotion rivals Norwich City and Brentford both having him on their radars, according to Alan Nixon.

But there’s a caveat – it looks like both outfits will only consider moving for the Terriers player if they gain promotion to the Premier League.

O’Brien was reportedly sought after by many clubs in the January transfer window, with Burnley strong admirers of his work and following their American takeover they were linked with a mid-season bid for him.

With a lack of money being spent last month by Premier League clubs, nothing came of it and O’Brien remains a Terrier – but for how long is anyone’s guess.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien is finding himself in-demand once again, with Championship promotion rivals Norwich City and Brentford both having him on their radars, according to Alan Nixon.

But there’s a caveat – it looks like both outfits will only consider moving for the Terriers player if they gain promotion to the Premier League.

O’Brien was reportedly sought after by many clubs in the January transfer window, with Burnley strong admirers of his work and following their American takeover they were linked with a mid-season bid for him.

With a lack of money being spent last month by Premier League clubs, nothing came of it and O’Brien remains a Terrier – but for how long is anyone’s guess.

22-year-old O’Brien has played 25 league games for Huddersfield this season – mainly in the centre of midfield but has also filled in on the wing and at left-back – and is the real driving force of Carlos Corberan’s outfit.

That is why he’s attracting interest from high-flyers like Norwich and Brentford, the former of whom could do with strengthening their engine room a lot – especially when arguably their best player there in Oliver Skipp is only on loan.

As for Brentford, they seem well-stacked in midfielders right now with the likes of Josh Da Silva, Vitaly Janelt, and Christian Norgaard, but there’s always room to strengthen.

O’Brien’s numbers output-wise aren’t staggering – he’s just got one goal and two assists this season – but he brings more to a team including energy and the willingness to drive forward up the pitch with the ball, which is why the likes of Daniel Farke and Thomas Frank have their eye on him.