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Norwich City forward emerges as European transfer target

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Not many fans would have predicted Norwich City to be the league-leaders heading into the busy festive period in the Championship this season. 

The Canaries have been on an excellent run of form recently and there has been little to complain about if you’re a Norwich supporter.

One grey area this season at Carrow Road has been the unclear future of Nelson Oliveira, who is yet to feature for Daniel Farke’s side in the Championship.

Oliveira has well documented attitude issues and Farke seemingly doesn’t want the striker disrupting the ‘feel good factor’ at the club at the moment.

His last appearance for Norwich was in a 5-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday towards the end of last season.

It seems that Oliveira has played his last game for the Championship club, and Turkish side Besiktas have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the Norwich outcast in January.

Turkish media outlet, Fotosport, have reported that Oliveira is one of two strikers that the Turkish giants are looking at ahead of the January transfer window, with Watford’s Andre Gray the other striker they are tracking.

It remains to be seen as to whether a formal bid will be made by Besiktas, but Oliveira will be keen to be heading for the exit door as quickly as possible in order to find himself regular first-team football at a standard where he is content.

The Verdict

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Oliveira is being targeted by a top European club in Besiktas.

The Portuguese international needs a fresh start and the Turkish side could be the team to give him that.

He has already shown that he can score goals, having netted 15 times in just 31 games in his first season with Norwich, before falling out of favour at Carrow Road.

Norwich will be eager to get rid of the striker for the right price.

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Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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