Birmingham news Ex-Villa man Orjan Nyland in talks with Norwich over free transfer MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Former Aston Villa goalkeeper and current free agent Orjan Nyland has been in talks with Norwich City. The Championship table-toppers are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper following Michael McGovern's hamstring injury and current No.1 Tim Krul's positive Covid test. "We have to stay aware in these times," said Canaries chief Daniel Farke. "We hope Tim returns soon, but this Covid situation again underlines we are in unpredictable times. We will only bring in a guy who works for us in terms of fitting the profile and the financial situation." As for Nyland, the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich has confirmed that representatives of the Norwegian international have been in dialogue with the Championship side, with both parties now assessing whether a move is right for them. A decision isn't set to be made before Norwich travel to Cardiff on Saturday. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Nyland, 30, reached an agreement with Villa to terminate his contract on October 5, eight months before his Villa Park deal was set to expire. Nyland played in this season's Carabao Cup against Burton before being let go with Villa signing new No.1 Emi Martinez for an initial £16 million. Tom Heaton had returned to fitness as well.
.7 million back in August 2018 and made 36 appearances in total for the club. Under Dean Smith, Nyland was reinstated as the club's No.1 in place of loanee Pepe Reina for the beginning of Project Restart last season and was in goal for that infamous 'Ghost Goal' during Villa's goalless draw with Sheffield United. Nyland also picked up a runners' up medal in the Carabao Cup and played a key part in that competition last term, playing in the final while, in the semis, produced two outstanding performances against Leicester City.
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Nyland, meanwhile, had a back operation in London a month after his release in November while, last month, he spoke about his future with Norwegian news outlet 2 Sports. He said: "For me, it's only in the first phase, until the summer, about getting into a team and training myself again and getting in shape. If I can play games that way too, that's great. Then we take an evaluation for the summer around where you can possibly write a longer contract and get to play for several years and be the first goalkeeper." Norwich - four points clear at the top of the Championship - will make a decision on whether to sign Nyland in the coming days, with Krul set to miss their clash with Cardiff this weekend. Canaries youngster Dan Barden, 20, is on standby to make his first-team debut.
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