Report: Norwich make record £15m bid for Alexis Claude-Maurice

Norwich City Manager Daniel Farke celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Rotherham United  at Carrow Road on December 01, 2018 in Norwich, England.

Alexis Claude-Maurice could be on his way to the Premier League with Norwich City reportedly set to make him their biggest ever signing.

Alexis Claude Maurice of Lorient celebrates his goal during the french Ligue 2 match between Paris FC and FC Lorient at Stade Charlety on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France.

Norwich City have offered a club-record £15 million for Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice, according to Le Telegramme.

With just hours remaining in the transfer window, the Canaries look set to make a big money signing after snapping up Ralf Fahrmann, Josip Drmic and Patrick Roberts on free transfers and loan deals.

While 21-year-old Claude-Maurice is far from the finished article, he has undoubted potential. He scored 14 goals in his breakthrough campaign in Ligue 2 last season and has one in one to start the 2019/20 campaign.

 

Norwich’s current record signing is Steven Naismith, the skilful Scotland international who joined in a £9 million deal from Everton three years ago.

While Naismith was at the peak of his career when he made the move to Carrow Road, however, Claude-Maurice’s best days are yet to come.

Alexis Claude Maurice of Lorient during the French Ligue 2 match between Red star and Lorient at Stade Pierre Brisson on September 14, 2018 in Beauvais, France.

In many ways, the France U20 international is a typical Stuart Webber signing, except for the price-tag of course. Norwich’s director of football is a master of uncovering unpolished diamonds from the European game, bringing Onel Hernandez, Marco Stiepermann and Emi Buendia to Anglia on the cheap over the last 12 months or so.

Claude-Maurice may be Webber’s most expensive signing but he could also be the most inspired.

Alexis Claude-Maurice of Lorient and Robin Taillan of Beziers during the Ligue 2 match between Beziers and Lorient at Stade de la Mediterranée on November 3, 2018 in Beziers, France.

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