Ex-City striker set for Russell Martin reunion at MK Dons

PUBLISHED: 12:14 09 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:28 09 October 2020

Cameron Jerome is reportedly close to joining Russell Martin at MK Dons.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome is reportedly close to joining Russell Martin at MK Dons. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Cameron Jerome is reportedly close to sealing a return to English football with MK Dons - meaning a reunion with former Norwich City captain Russell Martin.

The 34-year-old is searching for a new club having seen his contract with Turkish Super Lig side Göztepe expire over the summer.

A move to Stadium MK would see Jerome add to the growing contingent of players with links to the Canaries under Martin’s stewardship. The pair played together at Carrow Road and both played significant roles in the club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2015.

According to Football Insider’s transfer expert Pete O’Rourke, Jerome is set to put pen-to-paper to sign a one-year deal with the Dons.

Martin is believed to be searching for additional firepower with the hope that Jerome can inject a fresh goal threat at that level. If he does sign, Jerome could be partnered alongside City loanee Carlton Morris. Louis Thompson is also on loan to Martin’s men from Carrow Road.

The pair played together at Norwich City. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdThe pair played together at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

City’s former captain took the manager’s job last November and guided the club to League One safety, replacing Paul Tisdale.

They haven’t started the season in the best of form - although they did scupper Ipswich Town’s 100 percent start to the season by drawing 1-1 with them last weekend.

Jerome signed for the Canaries in 2014 and became a popular figure at Carrow Road - he netted 42 goals in 138 appearances across a four-year spell in Norfolk.

Jerome left Carrow Road for Derby County in January 2018 - but only stayed until August before opting to move to Turkey.

Jerome would add to the growing number of players with City connections under Martin at MK Dons. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdJerome would add to the growing number of players with City connections under Martin at MK Dons. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The striker turned down the option of crossing the divide to play for Ipswich in 2018 after fearing it would dent his positive relationship with City’s supporters.

Jerome’s agent, Eric Walters, said: “Cameron has decided on going elsewhere because of his association with the Norwich faithful, whose company on a Saturday afternoon he thoroughly enjoyed.

“Playing for Ipswich was something that would have soured those wonderful memories but I thank Ipswich Town and Mr Evans for his interest.”

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