Daniel Farke’s Norwich City side are considering a loan move for Brandon Williams this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that the Championship winners are admirers of the Manchester United full-back, who is also believed to be attracting the interest of both West Ham United and Southampton.
It is also reported that the £9 million-rated 20-year-old would be open to a temporary move away from Old Trafford this summer in order to increase his game time, something that could open the door for a move from the Canaries.
While Williams has found game time hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this season, with the defender making a total of just 11 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, the youngster’s promising performances last term are likely to be the reason why a number of clubs are keen on a move for the England U21 international this summer.
Over his 17 appearances in United’s 2019/20 Premier League campaign, the full-back made an average of 0.9 interceptions, 1.2 tackles and 0.8 clearances per game, helping his side to keep four clean sheets.
The 20-year-old, whom Gary Lineker dubbed an “exciting” talent, also impressed going forwards, scoring one goal and making an average of 0.8 key passes per match, in addition to completing 84% of his attempted passes.
As such, the £43,000-per-week defender, who is comfortable operating from both the left and right of defence, would appear to be a fine addition to Daniel Farke’s options at full-back this summer.
However, a move for Williams should only be sanctioned if Stuart Webber accepts a bid for Max Aarons, which could be possible as the defender is, rather ironically, attracting interest from Manchester United.
If Aarons is not sold, there would appear to be very little need for the signing of Williams, as the Canaries currently have both Jacob Lungi Sorensen and Dimitrios Giannoulis – as well as Xavi Quintilla, although he returns to Villarreal this summer – as options at left-back, as well as Sam Byram and Bali Mumba, and Aarons himself, at right-back.
However, if Norwich cash in on Aarons and can get Williams in on loan, that could free up funds to spend on other areas of the team, without reducing the depth of Farke’s available defensive options.