Norwich transfers: Gent’s Mboyo rejected ‘very nice’ Canaries offer

Norwich transfers: Gent striker Ilombe Mboyo reveals he turned down a "very nice" offer to join the Canaries in January transfer window

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Chris Hughton was desperate to sign a striker in January Photo: nPower

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Gent striker Ilombe Mboyo has confirmed that he turned down a “very nice” offer to join Norwich City in January.

The Belgium international, 25, was a target for the Canaries as Chris Hughton failed to land Celtic’s prolific Gary Hooper.

Mboyo has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances for Gent this season, but the Congo-born striker did not want to leave his struggling employers.

“I received a very nice offer from Norwich,” Mboyo said.

“There were people around me trying to force the transfer but I did not want to do it, I wanted to help the team.

“It was not an easy choice. You’re not sure whether you’re again going to get the chance to move to the Premier League. But if I keep playing well, clubs will come back.

“I did not want to leave Gent in the lurch. The club was in trouble and after a conversation with the president it was clear that he is counting on me.

“The Premier League is my dream, so Norwich was a great opportunity. Maybe one I’ll never get again.

“Norwich has long been interested in me. And there is another English club. Everything was accelerated at the end of the transfer period.

“But Gent is a club that looks to the future and did not opt for the money.”

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