According to Turkish outlet Gunes, Super Lig giants Galatasaray have been scouting Finnish hitman Teemu Pukki with a view to signing the forward in the January transfer window, which will be sure to concern everyone associated with Norwich City.
The former Celtic striker has been in stunning form for the Canaries since arriving at Carrow Road on a free transfer in the summer, scoring 10 goals in his first 16 appearances for the club.
His form has been a key feature behind Daniel Farke’s side’s excellent campaign so far, where they currently sit top of the Championship table.
Whilst his strike partner, Jordan Rhodes, boasts an equally impressive eight strikes so far this season, the loss of Pukki would be severely detrimental to the club’s hopes of a speedy return to the Premier League.
Let’s not beat around the bush here; Galatasaray are a huge club, one who can offer Champions League football and a consistent chance of silverware to any player on their books.
At 28 years of age, the Finnish international may be keen on one last return to Europe’s biggest footballing stage, whilst a move to Turkey would provide him with a chance to play for the biggest club of his career so far.
Should the Canaries be faced with this nightmare scenario, a dip into the loan market for a Premier League forward struggling for game time in Eddie Nketiah would be ideal.
The 19-year-old’s chances of playing time may improve following Danny Welbeck’s injury, although 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe appears to be ahead of him in the pecking order currently.
The Arsenal academy graduate burst onto the scene last season in the Carabao Cup, helping the Gunners come from a goal behind – coincidentally against Norwich – by scoring two goals to help his side into the quarter-finals.
Nketiah is a quick forward with an excellent awareness of where he needs to be in the box to score goals, but is yet to really be given the chance to kick on from that match winning debut.
A move down to the Championship, should Pukki depart, would offer him a tremendous opportunity to develop his talents under a manager who has already excelled with youth this season, seen in the likes of Max Aarons.