Revealed: Blackburn named as mystery club chasing Norwich man, with formal bid submitted

Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons of Norwich

Blackburn Rovers are the mystery club who have had an offer for Todd Cantwell turned down by Norwich, TEAMtalk understands.

Cantwell, who has made 19 appearances for Norwich this season but is yet to score, will become a free agent in the summer as his contract is running down. As such, Norwich are willing to listen to offers for the attacking midfielder this month.

Blackburn have set their sights on Cantwell to try and aid their Premier League promotion bid. Rovers currently sit third in the table, behind leaders Burnley and second-placed Sheffield United.

As such, TEAMtalk has been told Blackburn manager Jon Dahl Tomasson sanctioned a £2million bid to Norwich for Cantwell. However, this has been rejected by the Canaries.

New Norwich boss David Wagner is still willing to let Cantwell move on before the close of the transfer window. Such an exit would improve his transfer funds and make room in his squad for potential new arrivals.

But Blackburn will have to put more money on the table if they wish to sign the four-time England U21 international.

Scottish giants Rangers are also interested in landing Cantwell. Ibrox boss Michael Beale publicly admitted he is a big fan of the 24-year-old recently, when discussing potential moves for Cantwell and Everton midfielder Tom Davies.

Beale said (via Glasgow World): “Todd was an excellent player when he was young and playing against my Liverpool Under 23s. I thought he would go on and have a fantastic career. He had that at the start and he is maybe just looking for a move to re-ignite it but I think he is a fantastic player at a good age.

“And Tom Davies, he used to kick my Liverpool Under 23s team all around the place. There’s a bit of John Lundstram about him. But again, two really good players. Not confirming anything with those two, but there’s a lot of players we are speaking to at the moment.”