Liverpool try to pinch defender, Norwich quickly turn down first offer

Date published: Thursday 6th August 2020 7:26

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Liverpool have seen an offer of £10m for Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis turned down, according to reports.

The Athletic reporter James Pearce claimed on Thursday afternoon that the Reds had submitted an offer for the 22-year-old left-back.

Paul Joyce of The Times later claimed that bid had been rebuffed, while Pearce also relayed the same news.

Liverpool’s offer is believed to have included a “substantial sell-on clause” for the Northern Ireland international.

Sky Sports also jumped on the bandwagon and claimed similar, whilst also suggesting Norwich are interested in signing Yasser Larouci, who Liverpool have made available.

Given the speed of the Norwich’s decision to turn down the offer – and looking at the timeline they took less than two hours to refuse – they will not be amused.

The relegated side are understood to be looking for nearer to £20m for the left-back after turning down £12m for him from Crystal Palace in January.

 

 

Jurgen Klopp is looking for back up for Andy Robertson and Lewis is understood to be keen to sign for the champions on that understanding.

Pearce claimed earlier that Lewis was eager to get a move to Anfield and is happy to accept a understudy role to Robertson.

Lewis is believed to be desperate to learn from the likes of Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. He is also represented by PLG, the management company who represent the two Liverpool stars.

The Luton-born defender is also interesting several other clubs, who can offer the prospect of more game time.

Crystal Palace still have interest in the player, while Leicester have eyed Lewis as a potential replacement for Ben Chilwell.

Lewis made 25 starts in the Premier League this season for the Canaries and is under contract until 2023.

Kelly off the agenda

Meanwhile, Liverpool will not be moving to sign Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth this summer amid claims of a disagreement.

The Reds were keen on Kelly last summer but missed out to the Cherries who sealed a £13m deal.

But the former Bristol City man has emerged as a Liverpool target again following Bournemouth’s relegation.

However, it seems Liverpool will not be following up their initial interest in the Bournemouth man.

The Athletic claim there’s ‘no chance’ of Liverpool moving again for England U21 international.

Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, ‘was angered by how the player’s agency conducted itself last summer’.

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