Norwich City transfer rumours: Premier League interest in Lewis
PUBLISHED: 18:15 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:15 27 June 2018
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The progress of Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis is being followed by Premier League clubs, according to reports.
The 20-year-old made the breakthrough with the Canaries last season, making 24 appearances and establishing himself as first-choice at left-back under Daniel Farke, earning his first senior Northern Ireland cap.
Lewis signed a new contract in July 2017 after impressing in pre-season, committing to a deal until 2021, with the option for a further year – only to miss the first half of last season through injury.
His form after regaining fitness, and international recognition, has since prompted summer interest from top-flight sides Bournemouth and Watford, reports Talksport’s EFL correspondent Geoff Peters.
“Norwich have offered Jamal Lewis a new deal in light of major interest from Bournemouth and Watford,” reports Peters on his @MrGeoffPeters Twitter account.
“West Ham, Burnley and Celtic are also monitoring him. #NCFC value Lewis at £10m+ but the highly rated 20-year-old, capped by Northern Ireland, is in no rush to leave Carrow Road.”
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While the Premier League interest is likely, it is understood City are yet to offer Lewis a new deal.
Lewis joined the Canaries academy in 2014, having previously been with hometown club Luton Town before taking a year out of football to concentrate on athletics, ranking highly in the 800m on a national level.
The youngster is expected to again be ahead of the more experienced James Husband in the pecking order when the new season begins, with German midfielder Marco Stiepermann also having covered at left-back during Lewis’s injury spell last season.
Lewis returned just before Christmas and made his full debut during a 2-0 win at Birmingham on Boxing Day and never looked back.
His profile peaked in January when he scored a last-gasp header in a televised FA Cup third round replay at Chelsea to take the game to extra-time, only for the top-flight side to win on penalties.
Inconsistencies did creep in as Lewis tired however and he was rested for Northern Ireland’s friendlies against Peru and Costa Rica this summer.