Norwich City transfer rumours: Bid accepted for Coventry City youngster

PUBLISHED: 19:51 30 January 2020 | UPDATED: 19:51 30 January 2020

Coventry City defender Sam McCallum is in advanced talks over a move to Norwich City  
Picture: Steve Waller

Coventry City defender Sam McCallum is in advanced talks over a move to Norwich City Picture: Steve Waller

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The Canaries are closing in on a deal with Coventry City for highly-rated left-back Sam McCallum.

The 19-year-old McCallum is reportedly set for a move to Norfolk, although it is believed the Canaries will immediately loan the defender back to the Sky Blues.

The Coventry Evening Telegraph report on Thursday afternoon City had an initial bid knocked back earlier in the week but have returned with an improved offer, that could top £3m, plus add ons.

Norwich previously raided the Midlands club to bring in James Maddison, who went on to become the club's record sale when he moved to Leicester City.

The Canaries, who have brought in Ondrej Duda, Lukas Rupp and Melvin Sitti this month, have until Friday 11pm to complete their transfer business for the final Premier League assault.

McCallum was recruited by Sky Blues' recruitment chief, Chris Badlam, who spent a brief spell working under Stuart Webber at Carrow Road.

The youngster has notched three goals in 27 senior appearances for Coventry this campaign with a number of Premier League clubs sending scouts to watch him at St Andrews over recent months.

Sky Blues' boss and former Norwich striker, Mark Robins, insisted McCallum would not be sold on the cheap when revealing the initial bid was rejected.

"There's a bid come in for McCallum from a Premier League team - a good seven figures but the club have turned it down, thankfully," he said, quoted on the Coventry Evening Telegraph earlier this week. "Hopefully we will be able to keep hold of him. It's nowhere near what I would expect for him and we have just got to make sure we are strong.

"It's a big test - a big test to see if we can keep hold of him.

"I suggest we should do because the bid is miles away from where we need to be with it and I think that if he stays with us for a bit longer that fee only goes up."

McCallum was spotted playing non-league at Herne Bay and was also part of the Jamie Vardy Academy before making the leap into professional football.

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