Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira has been linked with a move to Besiktas recently, with some reports going as far as suggesting a deal is already in place for the 27-year-old.
The reports have emerged from Turkey and whilst the player is struggling to get into Daniel Farke’s plans, the Canaries have rebuked the idea that a move is already sealed.
Norwich’s Sporting Director Stuart Webber is open to the idea of selling the striker, but has currently not got an offer from Turkey to consider.
He told the Eastern Daily Press: “If he stays, no one really wins,” he said. “We are open to offers for him in January. He is open to leaving because he knows he needs to play football. As a club we have an expensive asset sat there and for him his career is disappearing and you only get one opportunity. He knows that.”
The former Benfica forward still has eighteen months left on his current deal, but despite being allowed to leave, Webber confirmed that as yet, nothing solid is on the table.
“We never had anything direct. Hopefully that changes this winter,” said Webber.
The Canaries signed Oliveira from Benfica for an undisclosed fee after he enjoyed loan spells with Rennes, Swansea and Nottingham Forest. He has represented his country 17 times since 2012 scoring twice, as well as earning caps from Under 16 to Under 21 level.
He has 19 goals in 65 league appearances for the Canaries, but hasn’t featured at all this season.
Oliveira is a decent player and it was a surprise that he found himself frozen out, although Norwich’s recent form is justifying that situation now. After all, if they’re top of the table then they really don’t need his input at all.
The Besiktas story is one of those that circulates around this time every year, doubtless designed to prompt any other interest in him. After all, he’s going to want regular football somewhere.