Norwich City Set to Replace Outgoing International With Serie A Striker

Norwich City will allow Republic of Ireland international Adam Idah to join Celtic on loan, with striker Sydney van Hooijdonk expected to join the Canaries from Serie A side Bologna. 

As reported by TEAMtalk, Celtic were initially interested in signing van Hooijdonk until the Scottish side cooled interest in the 23-year-old. Norwich have since pursued a loan deal with Bologna to bring the Dutch forward to Carrow Road, while Idah will be allowed to link up with the Hoops.

The Canaries appear to be closing in on securing van Hooijdonk on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season according to the BBC. 

Idah’s potential move to Celtic comes after an inconsistent spell for the 22-year-old under David Wagner this season. In the Championship, the Republic of Ireland forward has made just 12 starts and scored six goals for Norwich.

Van Hooijdonk has also struggled to make an impact at Serie A high-fliers Bologna this season. The centre-forward moved to Italy in the summer of 2022 before joining Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen on loan, where he struck 16 league goals in 33 games.

Norwich are currently pushing for a Championship play-off place and sit three points off the top six. The Canaries are the sixth-highest scorers in the division, netting 46 goals in 29 fixtures.

Writer’s View

Idah’s departure and likely replacement with the relatively unproven van Hooijdonk could be a risk for Norwich. However, Idah is clearly frustrated with the lack of regular game time, leading to his likely departure.

It appears like the Canaries have perhaps rushed to find a suitable replacement. While van Hooijdonk has shown his goalscoring potential at Heerenveen, his under-par spell in Serie suggests confidence may be low as the Dutchman looks to rejuvenate his season.

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