Exclusive: Leeds plot £4m bid to bring Jonny Howson home

Date published: Wednesday 17th May 2017 11:01 - James Marshment

Leeds United are readying a bid to bring Johnny Howson back to Elland Road this summer, sources have told TEAMtalk.

Leeds’ co-owner Andrea Radrizzani – who will soon have full ownership of the club – will be financing a busy summer for the West Yorkshire giants.

And one of the first deals in their sights is Howson – with Norwich looking to make a number of savings ahead of the new season.

Howson, who turns 29 later this month, is a born-and-bred Leeds fan, grew up in Morley and came through the ranks at Elland Road before finances dictated he was sold and he joined Norwich 2012.

Now Norwich are looking to sell Howson in order to raise funds and would like to get close to £4million for him, with Leeds ready to make a move.

Brighton and Burnley have both expressed an interest to take him to the Premier League, but TEAMtalk has been told that Leeds are in pole position to bring Howson ‘home’.

Howson is one of only a handful of former players who enjoy a strong rapport upon their return to Elland Road. The player has visibly been seen applauding Leeds fans when he has returned to his former stomping ground and a return to the club would be sure to go down well with their supporters.

The club on Wednesday announced their retained list for the 2017/18 campaign, with new deals given to Pablo Hernandez and offered to Charlie Taylor.

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