Report shares why Alexis Claude-Maurice snubbed £15m Norwich move

Head coach Daniel Farke of Norwich City looks dejected during the pre-season friendly match between DSC Arminia Bielefeld and Norwich City at Energieversum Stadion on July 14, 2019 in...

Premier League newcomers Norwich City were expected to make Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice their record signing at Carrow Road.

Alexis Claude-Maurice of Lorient during the French League Cup match between FC Lorient and RC Lens at Stade du Moustoir on August 22, 2017 in Lorient, France.

Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice turned down a move to Norwich City on Thursday as he was concerned about a lack of stability at Carrow Road, according to Le Telegramme.

Transfer deadline day started with Norwich fans dreaming of a new record signing. But the 5:00pm deadline passed with only Ibrahim Amadou arriving on loan from Sevilla.

France U20 star Claude-Maurice scored 14 goals in a breakthrough campaign for Ligue 2 outfit Lorient last season and had spent much of the summer being linked relentlessly with a move across the channel.

 

But there is no chance of him playing Premier League football now, at least until January. Le Telegramme claims that Norwich made a club-record £15 million bid on deadline day but the link quickly grew cold.

Now, it seems we know why.

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.

According to an update provided by Le Telegramme, Claude-Maurice turned down the Anglian outfit as he wasn’t sure they would offer him ‘stability’. Perhaps he wasn’t sure about joining a club who could well be battling against relegation over the next few months.

Maybe Claude-Maurice wanted a more established Premier League club.

Being tasked with scoring the goals to keep a club safe from the drop is a lot to ask of a 21-year-old striker in his debut season so you can see why Claude-Maurice came to the decision he did.

But if Norwich ‘do a Wolves’ and thrive upon their return, there’s nothing to stop them returning in January to change the Frenchman’s mind.

Alexis Claude-Maurice of Lorient during the French League Cup match between FC Lorient and RC Lens at Stade du Moustoir on August 22, 2017 in Lorient, France.

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