Report: Norwich City join Premier League suitors interested in Japanese star

Yuto Nagatomo has been linked with a summer move to West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and now Norwich City.

As reported by Italian publication TMW, Norwich City are among a number of clubs tracking Inter Milan’s out of favour midfielder Yuto Nagatomo.

The Japanese international struggled for games in the previous campaign and boss Roberto Mancini is happy for him to be moved in this summer, alerting a number of clubs.

According to a previous report by TMW, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion were said to be leading the chase for his signature, though the Baggies’ alleged interest has since been declined by the Birmingham Mail.

While that may be good news for Stoke, fresh reports do claim the Potters have rivals for his signature in the form of from Galatasary and fellow Premier League side Norwich City.

“Yuto Nagatomo is ready to leave Inter and the Japanese international is requested by different teams. Galatasary lead the race, but there is also Stoke City and now Norwich,” the report reads.

Yuto Nagatomo’s strengths:

Nagatomo is naturally a left-back, but his versatility means he is also capable of pushing forward into a left-wing role and possesses attributes to be an asset in the final third.

The 28-year-old has been capped 81 times by Japan, and his all-action style of play would combine well with the rough and tumble of a lengthy Premier League campaign.

Norwich have so far been extremely quiet on the transfer front, with boss Alex Neil seemingly playing his cards close to his chest as he looks to strengthen the Canaries’ squad further ahead of the new campaign.

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