Norwich linked to Alderweireld

Norwich City have made contact with Ajax to enquire about the

availability of Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian defender’s agent

understands.

Alderweireld, who can play at centre-half or right-back, has

been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer after

some impressive performances in the Eredivisie last season.

Bayer Leverkusen had appeared favourites to sign the 24-year-old

but have reportedly dropped out of the chase, while the likes of

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur had previously been credited with

an interest.

But it is Norwich who are the latest English club to have been

connected with a swoop for Alderweireld as they look to bolster

their squad ahead of the new campaign.

The player’s agent, Soren Lerby, told Dutch paper De Telegraaf:

‘I understand they made contact with Marc Overmars (Ajax’s director

of football).

“Toby has left the pre-season camp of Ajax in Austria due to

personal reasons and I haven’t spoken with him about Norwich

yet.

“I don’t know if Toby is interested in a move or not.”

While it remains to be seen whether Alderweireld will leave

Amsterdam this summer, Ajax are confident they would be able to

cope if he does depart.

Having snapped up youngster Mike van der Hoorn from FC Utrecht,

head coach Frank de Boer is happy with the defensive options at his

disposal.

He said: “If Toby would leave, then we have with Joel Veltman

and Van der Hoorn two good players who could take over that

position.”