Turkish outlet Hurriyet have claimed that Fenerbahce are in pole position to sign Norwich City defender Timm Klose, ahead of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
The 30-year-old is out of contract at Norwich at the end of the season. The Sun on Sunday (28/4; page 59) claimed that Rangers are interested in the 17-time Switzerland international, which is further backed up by Hurriyet.
It is believed that Norwich are keen to keep Klose, and gaining promotion to the Premier League may help the Canaries do just that. But Hurriyet claim Fenerbahce are beating Rangers, because of the player’s agent.
Klose’s agent is former Norwich City star Gaetano Giallanza. Also Swiss, Giallanza organised the transfer of Klose’s national teammate Michael Frey to Fenerbahce from FC Zurich last summer.
Klose has played 118 times in all competitions for Norwich, and scored an impressive 10 goals since he completed a £7.6million (Mail) move to Carrow Road in January 2016.
Rangers certainly need a new centre-back, with Gareth McAuley’s contract set to expire and Joe Worrall likely to return from Nottingham Forest when his season-long loan ends.
Klose is an ambitious target. The Norwich defender is likely to want a hefty wage, especially now that Fenerbahce are keen. Being available on a free does help Rangers’ cause, but the Swiss ace may feel he can do better.
Fenerbahce do bring more to the table in terms of finances and calibre of club. But after a shocking season, Fener are still in danger of relegation. They sit four points above the drop zone with four games left.