Norwich City transfer rumours: Arsenal, Everton and West Ham all keen on Aarons

PUBLISHED: 14:21 03 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:28 03 January 2020

Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has been touted with German giants Borussia Dortmund Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has been touted with German giants Borussia Dortmund Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Arsenal, West Ham and Everton have joined the list of clubs interested in Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, according to a national newspaper report.

The Athletic claimed earlier this week that Norwich would hold out for a huge £45million if any firm interest arrives this month, with Tottenham Hotspur regularly linked recently, and Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Manchester United all said to be interested previously.

However, the Daily Mail have not only added Arsenal, West Ham and Everton to that list of apparent suitors, but claimed that a deal in the region of £30m could be struck this month if the 19-year-old stays with the Canaries on loan for the remainder of the Premier League campaign - despite the fact that type of deal is no longer allowed.

While clubs may be able to strike a secret deal in principle in January, which would be completed in the summer, Premier League rules state that: "Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window."

The report adds that new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sees right-back as a problem area, with Hector Bellerin struggling for form since returning from a knee injury, with winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles being used at full-back regularly this season.

VERDICT: Concerning for City fans that Aarons' name seems to be doing the rounds in national newspapers now that the transfer window is open, when agents will clearly be very active - even if the loan claim is inaccurate.

Having signed a five-year contract last summer that posturing is unlikely to be linked to another new deal, which also puts sporting director Stuart Webber in a strong position for any negotiations.

Given the youngster's recent form, his EFL Young Player of the Season award for 2018-19 and his performances for the England U21s, interest is inevitable - particularly with the Canaries rooted to the bottom of the table.

Sitting seven points adrift of safety with 17 games to play will mean other clubs may sense the opportunity to get a deal done this month, with Aarons' future likely to be under the microscope in the summer regardless of whether Daniel Farke's team can pull off a great escape.

With summer signing Sam Byram already in the squad, it would seem City could consider a deal - if the player and his representatives are interested in a move.

The main thing Canaries fans will be concerned about for now however, is that Aarons can keep his focus on his football and help City get a decent points return from their three league games this month, without which survival is looking highly unlikely.

Editor's note: This story has been modified after it was pointed out that the Daily Mail's proposition of a loan return was not possible under current Premier League loan rules, we apologise for not picking up on that initially.

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