Well, this transfer deadline day isn’t starting quite the way Jaap Stam would have wanted as it appears that the Dutchman’s faces Premier League competition for his number one striker target Nelson Oliveira.
According to various sources such as the BBC’s Ian Dennis, Swansea City have had a £12 million bid rejected for the Portuguese international, a fee that is surely higher than anything that Reading have offered Norwich thus far. However, according to Wales Online, club sources have dismissed these reports and move to Liberty Stadium is considered unlikely.
Swansea City 12m bid for Nelson Oliveira rejected by Norwich City. #DeadlineDay— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) August 31, 2017
But the fact that that figure has been turned down shows how the Canaries are determined to hold on to Oliveira, who has three goals in four games so far this season, and that it will take a higher bid for him to depart Carrow Road. Whether the Royals have that much cash to splash seems unlikely, and if they did you would hope that they may have enough common sense to just reluctantly let this one go and pursue other targets such as Jordan Hugill or Tomer Hemed.
Swansea on the other hand, very much do have money to spend so would more than likely come out on top if a bidding war were to commence. Not only have the Welsh side just received £45 million for Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Fernando Llorente looks to be on his way to either Tottenham or Chelsea today, so a striker is very much needed at the Liberty Stadium with a relegation battle likely ahead of them.
All of this does fit in to what Canaries reporter Michael Bailey was saying yesterday, and it now does seem Oliveira won’t be rocking up in Berkshire anytime soon (unless he stays at Norwich and plays in the game at the Mad Stad on September 30th).
And no, Nelson still isn't going to Reading. Wonder if it's Swansea leading the race - a few strong links around. #ncfc— Michael Bailey (@michaeljbailey) August 30, 2017
Think it's going to take a Premier League move to get Nelson out.— Michael Bailey (@michaeljbailey) August 30, 2017