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Norwich City transfer rumours: Greek international rejects Canaries' interest

PUBLISHED: 14:49 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 15 May 2019

Norwich City were reportedly tracking Benfica's Andreas Samaris Picture: Martin Ricketts/PA

Norwich City were reportedly tracking Benfica's Andreas Samaris Picture: Martin Ricketts/PA

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Andreas Samaris has opted to stay with Benfica despite reported options from Norwich City and Galatasaray.

The Greek international defensive midfielder, who was set to be a free agent this summer, extended his contract with Benfica until 2023 earlier this week.

Portuguese daily sports newspaper, O Jogo, claimed on Wednesday afternoon City and Gala were prepared to offer Samaris a three-year deal to double what he was earning with Benfica.

Dynamo Moscow and Getafe were also linked with Samaris, who has made 26 appearances this season for his club and featured in both legs of Benfica's Europa League quarter-final exit to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 29-year-old has won three league titles during a successful five-year stint in Portugal, after previously playing for Olympiacos and Panionios in his homeland.

A fourth league title could follow this season with Benfica going into the final round of league fixtures two points clear of Porto.

The Canaries are believed to have prioritised a holding midfielder as they look to bolster Daniel Farke's squad for the return to the Premier League. The likes of Semi Ajayi and Luca Connell are other names who have been touted with potential summer moves to Carrow Road.

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