City approaches loan deal for Giannoulis

13:49 January 14, 2021

11:10 am January 15, 2021

Norwich City are getting closer to signing Greek left-back Dimitris Giannoulis, who was initially on loan for the remainder of the league season.

Reports in Greece claim the deal is done, with MetroSport claiming the PAOK defender is expected to travel to Norfolk to finalize a move that will see him join Daniel Farke’s side.

A loan fee of € 500,000 has been agreed between the two clubs, with City agreeing to pay € 7million to make it permanent if they are promoted to the Premier League, according to the report.

Those numbers are believed to be a long way off the mark, although the deal is nearing completion as City appear to be getting closer to their first January window signing.

There are a few subtle details remaining, including whether the agreement will include an option or an obligation to buy and the terms of that obligation.

The first reports surfaced on Thursday afternoon that City had an interest in the defender, but there was progress on a deal tonight.

Giannoulis is considered one of Greece’s best left-backs and has been selected 11 times by the national team. The 25-year-old is reportedly on a € 10million release clause and has sparked interest from Newcastle United and Serie A side Turin.

PAOK had been reluctant to lose his precious asset, but was open to a sale provided the money was correct. He has been at PAOK since 2014 and has made 77 appearances for the club.

Giannoulis has played 12 times for PAOK this season, including in their 1-1 draw with Olympiacos on Wednesday night. He has also played four times in the Europa League group stage for the Greek side this season, which finished third in Group E behind PSV and Granada.

City deployed midfielder Jacob Sorensen to left-back after Xavi Quintilla suffered a hip injury during the warm-up of City’s league game against Brentford. The Spaniard returned to action in his FA Cup third round match against Coventry on Saturday.

Quintilla’s fitness has been a source of concern for the Canaries and they are actively looking to strengthen that position this month, although it depended on how well Sam Byram’s recovery progresses.

A hamstring injury has ruled out the 27-year-old for almost a year, meaning they will need to approach his recovery with caution. Sam McCallum, another left-back option for City, is currently on loan at Coventry, another league team.

The Canaries are not looking to recall the 20-year-old this month. They are happy with his progress under Mark Robins and want to see a defensive improvement from him as the season progresses.

Daniel Farke is hoping to add another goalkeeper to his ranks after Michael McGovern suffered a serious hamstring injury against QPR last month. Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has had discussions with the club over a possible short-term deal, with both sides now assessing whether a move is right for them.

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