Norwich City transfer rumours: Leicester join the race for Lewis

PUBLISHED: 11:52 02 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:11 02 September 2020

Jamal Lewis is edging closer to the Norwich City exit door. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Jamal Lewis is edging closer to the Norwich City exit door. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Leicester had also been in the race for Kostas Tsimikas, who Liverpool eventually signed for around £12million from Olympiakos after seeing an offer worth £10m for Lewis rejected by the Canaries.

The Foxes have since sold England left-back Ben Chilwell to Chelsea in a deal reportedly worth around £50m and have been linked with a strong interest in Belgium international full-back Timothy Castagne, a right-back primarily who is also capable of playing on the left - with the Telegraph reporting in the last 24 hours that a £22m deal had been agreed with Italian club Atalanta.

Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol has added Leicester’s name to the speculation surrounding Lewis though, following a Daily Mail report earlier this week that Newcastle are also keen on the 22-year-old.

Brendan Rodgers handed veteran left-back Christian Fuchs a new one-year deal and also gave youngster Luke Thomas a taste of Premier League action last season, before giving the 19-year-old a new contract. England Under-21 international James Justin is also in the mix, who is also primarily a right-back but was given chances on the left last season.

Lewis, who is currently away with Northern Ireland, was praised for his reaction to a possible move to champions Liverpool falling through by City head coach Daniel Farke last week.

Tottenham and Crystal Palace have both been credited with an interest in the Canaries academy product earlier this year as well, with Sky reporter Solhekol claiming City would want £20m for a player under contract until 2023.

VERDICT: It seems unlikely that Leicester would be spending big money on two left-backs this summer, so the link may soon be extinguished if a deal for Castagne goes through and Rodgers does see him as his front-line option on the left - with Ricardo Pereira his established first choice at right-back but out injured until October.

It’s understood Norwich realise it’s unlikely they would get £20m up front for Lewis in the current turbulent transfer market but they are also under no financial pressure to sell and will only part ways if an attractive enough deal arrives for a player with 12 international caps and a long-term contract.

City have the added comfort of already having already brought in Xavi Quintilla and Sam McCallum, with plenty of loan interest in McCallum if Lewis is not to leave before the domestic transfer deadline of October 16.

MORE: Garrido tips Quintilla to be a success at City

Lewis has made 100 appearances since Daniel Farke took charge in 2017 and was named in the Championship Team of the Season when City won the title in 2019.

He may have not quite managed consistency in the Premier League but he showed Rodgers and Leicester what he is capable of with a brilliant winner against the Foxes at Carrow Road in February.

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