Norwich City are set to miss out on transfer target Martin Frese, with the left-back choosing a move to Italy over joining the Canaries.

Various reports have suggested he's close to signing for Serie A side Hellas Verona, and has flown over to complete a medical and make the deal happen.

Frese had been a target for Norwich after he left head coach Johannes Hoff Thorup's former side Nordsjaelland this summer, but they had already looked into other targets as their need for a player in his position grew more urgent.

The 26-year-old was open about his desire to play outside Denmark when he announced his departure from the Tigers, where he'd played a key role under Thorup.

It was hoped he could be lured to Carrow Road, but sporting director Ben Knapper said at a fans forum this week that City had been active in their search for a left-back.

“Of course maybe we need one two or three more players, I don't know, we have to find out," added Thorup, speaking to The Pink Un afterward. "Definitely we need a left back, but what is important is that a guy that we bring in should have the qualities, and then I prefer that we take our time and we find the right one instead of things that just go fast.

"We have a great recruitment department that's working 24 hours a day to find potential targets for us. But for me, as a coach, it's more important to spend time with the players that I can affect here now.

"And then, of course, we always have to be there. We always have to be in the market if something is important for us.

"Everyone can see at the moment, we need maybe a left back, that's what we will look for. The recruitment department is working night and day to find them."