Another American youngster appears to be signing with a Premier League team. According to reports from German news outlet Bild, Sebastian Soto is making the move from Hannover to sign with Norwich City.
BREAKING.— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) May 13, 2020
Sebastian Soto has reportedly agreed to a contract with Norwich City until 2023. https://t.co/RwCa2grcPP
He was set to be out of contract this summer, but it appears the 19-year-old has found a home with the Canaries, agreeing to a contract through 2023 and passing a physical. He had been at Hannover for 2 seasons, appearing 5 times for the first team. However, he was a standout last year for the United States U-20s, scoring 4 times during last year’s U-20 World Cup. He scored a brace against Nigeria during the group stage, adding another brace against France in the Round of 16.
Hannover will reportedly receive a transfer fee of $200,000 from Norwich. Soto had been linked with other clubs in Germany, including Freiburg, and had drawn interest from Major League Soccer as well. However, while he has apparently signed with Norwich, he will not head to England immediately. It’s unlikely that he will be eligible to receive a work permit, so the Bild report suggests that he could be loaned to a club in Germany, Belgium, or the Netherlands.
Norwich are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table, with 21 points through 29 matches. They are 7 points underneath the relegation line with 7 matches to play, assuming the Premier League resumes the season in the next few weeks.