Norwich have attempted to dissuade Leeds from re-signing former captain Jonny Howson by telling the Whites he will cost them £5million.
TEAMtalk exclusively brought you the news back in May that Leeds were trying to bring their former midfielder back to the club this summer, with Norwich looking to sell some big-name players in order to finance their own transfer arrivals.
However, Howson is one player Norwich would like to keep – and the club have told Leeds it will cost £5million if they want to bring the 29-year-old back to Elland Road.
Norwich’s warning comes despite our sources telling us that Howson has rejected Norwich’s offer of a new deal and wants to return to the north of England with his young family.
Leeds would be Howson’s first choice, but Norwich’s £5million valuation is likely to be more than the club would be willing to spend.
In addition, Leeds’ signing of Poland midfielder Mateusz Klich on Friday for a fee of £1.5million means the Whites are unlikely to meet Norwich’s asking price.
Although the deal cannot be stated as being dead in the water, a deal to bring Howson back to Elland Road looks unlikely at this stage.
The player has also been linked with moves to Middlesbrough and Burnley and a move to either of these now appears more likely.
Howson has made 188 appearances for Norwich, scoring 24 goals during his time at Carrow Road.