Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries quids in this summer

PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:36 01 March 2020

Jamal Lewis is congratulated by Todd Cantwell after his match winning strike in Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League win over Leicester City 
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Jamal Lewis is congratulated by Todd Cantwell after his match winning strike in Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League win over Leicester City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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The self-styled ‘boss of goss’ Alan Nixon reckons Norwich City must brace for mega-money bids from Premier League suitors if they lose their battle for top flight survival.

The Sun on Sunday's 'man in the know for red hot transfer news' used his latest weekly column to map out the level of interest in the likes of Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Emi Buendia.

Nixon claims the Canaries are looking for 'huge fees' with bidding poised to start once their top fate is sealed, and a potential combined market value of £100m plus in his view.

Aarons is reportedly priced at £30m if long time suitors Tottenham want to harden their interest. Lewis - who slotted Aarons' cross to beat Leicester City 1-0 on Friday - would cost £20m, with Crystal Palace showing the most interest.

While playmaker Buendia, who was restored to the line up against the Foxes after a spell on the bench following his thigh injury, is likely to fetch £20m.

With Todd Cantwell and Ben Godfrey also in the mix, Nixon suggests City could be £100m better off should they opt to offload their brightest talent.

Sporting director Stuart Webber, speaking exclusively to the Pinkun recently, insisted any business this coming summer will be strictly on Norwich's terms. Webber also made it clear despite the endless January transfer window speculation around the club's best young talent there had been no firm interest.

"Let's see what the summer brings but it certainly won't be if anyone wants to go it will be easy," he said. "When I see this constant speculation and the assumptions if Norwich go down, or even if they don't, these players will be sold. Hang on a minute, when players were signing four and five year contracts, we couldn't turn around and say if you didn't perform we won't pay you the money.

"Likewise, if they do want a move they don't just go. People have short memories. We sold James Madison for over £20m when we were in the Championship.

"At that time, we were desperate for money. We're now in a situation whatever division we're in, we're not desperate for money so players will only ever go on our terms.

"It was disappointing to have to deal with the constant speculation every day, whether it was Max, Todd, (Teemu) Pukki, (Emi) Buendia or Ben. Every day in the media this club or that club. I've been fortunate to work at one of these big clubs where if you want to buy a player you buy them.

"You don't mess around, you don't leak it in the Daily Star or the Sun. You get the deal done. All this noise around them is really hard for our players to contend with.

"I think it's hard for their families to contend with and I actually find it really disrespectful to our club, we're playing Premier League football. We've given every one of these players an opportunity.

"If Tottenham or Arsenal or whoever want them they will come and get them. They don't need to mess around. Manchester United wanted Dan James. They went and got him. They've got that much power and money to do it. If Manchester United want one of our players they can afford them and attract them.

"It was a tough month, but they're still here. Which was no surprise to me. We understand our players and our staff want to work at the highest level possible. Absolutely. But there is a time for that.

"And you know, I'd asked for people to remember where they've come from, for the people around them to respect what this football club has done for everybody.

"You know, it's made people earn a lot of money and been able to play at the highest level with a coach that gives them unbelievable trust. Don't disrespect that and don't just think that I'm off in the summer. It doesn't work like that.

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