Norwich City have targeted young full-back Tyronne Ebuehi from Dutch club ADO Den Haag – but reports the Nigerian international has already signed a pre-contract agreement are understood to be incorrect, according to pinkun.com report.
Ebuehi’s representatives were at Carrow Road for Saturday’s goalless FA Cup draw with Chelsea, while the player was with his current club’s winter break tour party in the Turkish town of Belek.
Ebuehi is actually believed to have taken in the Canaries’ win over Millwall a few days earlier.
However, reports in Dutch magazine Voetbal International via Nigerian sources that the 22-year-old right-back has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Norwich – given he is a free agent come the summer – are not true.
In fact, Fifa rules only allow pre-contract agreements to be signed by players aged 23 and over – meaning it wouldn’t be an enforceable piece of paper anyway.
Ebuehi made his debut of Nigeria last year but his future beyond the summer and the Eredivisie remains uncertain, with Portuguese giants Benfica also reportedly interested in recruiting the defender.
Norwich’s own interest also most likely revolves around recruiting Ebuehi come the summer, although something could happen sooner if the respective parties agree and City move on some of their squad in the current transfer window.
Ebuehi is said to be able to operate on either flank having made 17 top-flight appearances so this season for Den Haag, who currently sit seventh in the Eredivisie during the Dutch midwinter break.
Den Haag drew their opening game of 2018 on Tuesday afternoon, with a 2-2 friendly against a Besiktas XI in which Ebuehi played the full 90 minutes.