Headline-hogging Safri in Dutch link

By Rick Lamb
Last updated : 11 October 2005
Norwich chairman Roger Munby's pledge that no players need to be sold this season may be tested sooner than expected after reports in Holland linked high-flying Feyenoord with a swoop for Youssef Safri.

The midfielder, who is expected to miss the next few weeks with a groin injury picked up playing for Morocco, has apparently been watched by the Rotterdam , currently lying second in the Dutch Eredivisie, on several occasions this term. It is highly likely that they will have been impressed with what they saw, as the 28-year-old has been one of City's most consistent performers in a stuttering start to life back in the Championship.

Safri joined the Canaries at the beginning of last season from Coventry City for £500,000 and, after struggling to cement a place in the team, played an important role in the club's narrow failure to avoid relegation. His exocet missile of a strike against Newcastle United was the most spectacular goal scored by Nigel Worthington's side in their brief return to the top flight.

Sky Sports report that the Moroccan is rated at £1.5million, but it is unlikely that the club would let him go for so little when his absence would be so clearly detrimental. The fee would also be less than that received for the unsettled Damien Francis.

Safri will be out of the limelight for the next few weeks while recovering from injury, which will again mean that any difficulties in combining a full training and playing schedule with the Muslim player observing the holy month of Ramadan.

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