Norwich in talks with loanee as exodus looms

Date published: Tuesday 2nd May 2017 10:18

Norwich City are in talks to extend youngster Harry Toffolo’s contract at Carrow Road as an exodus of senior players looms ahead.

The Canaries are ready to trigger a 12-month option on the left back’s deal. Toffolo, currently on loan at Scunthorpe, signed a two-year contract at the club in 2015 with Norwich holding an option in their favour.

The Canaries’ new sporting director Stuart Webber is currently assessing the squad ahead of next season with several high earners set to leave.

Webber has already said he expects only 12 to 15 of the Canaries’ squad to stay after they failed to make the Sky Bet Championship play-offs following relegation from the Premier League last year.

He also needs to appoint a new manager after the sacking of Alex Neil in March.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy and defenders Ryan Bennett, Sebastian Bassong, Michael Turner and Steven Whittaker are all out of contract in the summer.

Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty are also expected to leave on free transfers in a major squad overhaul.

Norwich also need to resolve the future of on-loan Ajax defender Mitchell Dijks, who joined in January, after the sales of Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson to Burnley and Swansea respectively.

It could leave youth product Toffolo, who has made two League Cup appearances for the Canaries, as the club’s only recognised left-back when he returns from his spell at Glanford Park.

The 21-year-old has made 22 appearances for Scunthorpe this season after joining on deadline day last year and is now preparing for their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first leg at Millwall on Thursday.

The Iron finished third in the table, four points behind the top two, after seven wins from their last nine games, including Sunday’s final day 3-1 victory over Coventry.

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