Leeds, Boro & Sunderland lurk as Norwich listen to Howson bids

Date published: Thursday 1st June 2017 1:48 - James Marshment

Norwich will reluctantly listen to offers for Jonny Howson after the midfielder told the club he wanted to return to the north of England.

The midfielder, 29, came through the youth ranks at Leeds before being sold to the Canaries in a 2012, where he has proved a huge success.

We exclusively broke the news last month that Leeds were preparing a bid to bring the player back to the club this summer and it seems their hopes of a deal have taken a significant step forward.

East Anglian paper the Pink Un on Thursday claimed Norwich have offered the player an extension to his current deal, which has two years left to run, but he has made it clear he has no intention of signing it and instead wants to return to his northern roots with his young family.

As well as Leeds, the player has been linked with Sunderland and Middlesbrough, while both Brighton and Burnley are said to be keen to offer the chance a return to the Premier League.

Howson, however, is prepared to bide his time for the right offer, with Thursday’s reported suggesting Norwich are looking to get considerably more than the £4m we reported Leeds were prepared to bid last month.

Norwich are prepared to make wholesale changes to their squad this summer following Daniel Farke’s appointment as head coach, with a number of their key assets all on the market if the club felt it was in their ‘best interests to sell’.

Speaking recently, sporting director Stuart Webber said: “Ronaldo and Paul Pogba have a price. They all do.

“The aim is to keep our best players together and the ones we want.

“But it never becomes an ideal situation where you sell a set of players you don’t want and bring in the set you do want. Very rarely does it happen that seamlessly. Sometimes things happen you don’t expect.

“We have spoken about the financial situation and we need to sell to bring in players.”

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