Fortuna Dusseldorf haven’t given up on signing Norwich City’s Christos Tzolis on a permanent basis this summer, although the cost is an issue.

Rheinische Post cover comments from manager Daniel Thioune about the possibility of the forward making a permanent move to the German side.

Tzolis has been with the 2. Bundesliga side since the summer, joining them on loan from Norwich and not looking back since his arrival.

He’s their top goalscorer with a tally of 19 goals and seven assists in 29 games to date putting him out in front and making the deal a good one for all parties.

The German side have an option to make the move a permanent one but whether they activate it will be heavily dependent on whether they can secure promotion back to the Bundesliga.

That’s at least according to Thioune, who has admitted as much when asked about the potential deal this summer.

“The same body language that Christos showed on the pitch in Kiel could also be seen in the dressing room afterwards,” he said.

“Everyone was willing to defend themselves, and of course Christos too. A promotion would also increase the likelihood that we might see him in the Fortuna jersey again.”

Rheinische Post back that up, explaining that if Düsseldorf emerge victorious in their play-off against whoever is relegated from the Bundesliga, the probability of a move happening will be bigger.

That would see them promoted and thus with more money to spend and Tzolis himself has made it clear he’d like the move from Norwich too.

Thus, there is a willingness on both sides but ‘money will ultimately play the decisive role’ in matters.