Norwich City are the latest in a long line of clubs to join the race for 22-year-old Vitesse Arnhem defender Danilho Doekhi.
As a virtually ever-present fixture in a Vitesse side which still have an outside chance of European qualification, Doekhi has been an integral part of the second best defence in the Eredivisie this season.
According to De Telegraaf, the Canaries are now the front-runners for his signature along with Italian high-flyers Atalanta who are on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Newcastle United, Fulham and Rangers have also been mentioned with regard to a summer deal.
Doekhi has another year to run on his Vitesse contract, but the scale of interest in the young centre-half means the club are almost certain to cash in on him this summer.
Despite his young age, 6’3” Doekhi has already racked up over 100 career appearances, including for Netherlands U21 alongside world-renowned youngsters like Mitchel Bakker, Perr Schuurs and Justin Kluivert.
Transfermarkt value Doekhi at around £2m, but the range of clubs interested could spark a bidding war which would bump his price significantly higher.
Daniel Farke’s side have been linked with a range of prospects ahead of this summer’s transfer window after their Premier League return was confirmed two weeks ago.
With a demanding topflight schedule up ahead, squad depth will be an essential driver behind recruitment over the coming months.
The experienced duo of Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson have held the fort well for The Canaries in the Championship this season. Both players have prior Premier League experience, and although Gibson is only on loan at Carrow Road there is reportedly an £8m option to buy.
If Doekhi was to choose Norwich, he would therefore face stiff competition for a starting spot, as would 18-year-old Michael Omobamidele who has deputised impressively at centre-back over the past few games.