Norwich City transfer rumours: Spurs still keen on Aarons as right-back issues persist

PUBLISHED: 12:21 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:21 24 October 2019

Norwich star Max Aarons, right, celebrates after setting up Callum Hudson-Odoi for the opening goal as England U21s thrashed Austria at Stadium MK Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Norwich star Max Aarons, right, celebrates after setting up Callum Hudson-Odoi for the opening goal as England U21s thrashed Austria at Stadium MK Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

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Tottenham Hotspur's long-held interest in Norwich City star Max Aarons has come to the fore again, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to solve a problem position at right-back.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a succession of top Premier League teams since emerging as a key player for the Canaries little more than a year ago, being named EFL Young Player of the Season for 2018-19.

That followed a superb breakthrough campaign of two goals and six assists from 41 Championship games, as City romped to the title.

During that season Aarons was also linked with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Crystal Palace among the clubs linked with the youngster, who signed a contract extension until 2024 this summer.

The Daily Mail has now claimed that the England Under-21 international - who has started the last four games for the Young Lions - is on Spurs' shortlist for January right-back targets.

Pochettino is looking to add energy to his squad after a sluggish start to the season from last season's Champions League finalists.

The report also claims that West Brom's Nathan Ferguson is under consideration, with the 19-year-old a regular starter for Championship promotion hopefuls West Brom recently.

Max Aarons has started seven of Norwich City's nine Premier League games so far this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMax Aarons has started seven of Norwich City's nine Premier League games so far this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

'Athleticism and energy' are said to be Pochettino's priorities for new signings, with the report adding that Spurs are open to offers for Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, who has proved inconsistent.

Academy product Kyle Walker-Peters is the other front-line option for Tottenham, who sold England right-back Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid for around £20m in the summer.

VERDICT: City fans are braced for such links to resurface throughout this season, after seeing Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey linked with some of the country's biggest clubs in the past year.

Attacking right-back Aarons is settling into top-flight life well but has had his defensive abilities tested thoroughly during a tough start to the season for City, as his development at a young age continues.

The full-back has looked particularly assured when on England U21 duty though, setting up Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi during a 5-1 win over Austria in Milton Keynes during the last international break.

He was also named man of the match for the Young Lions after a 2-0 win over Kosovo in Hull during the previous break, making a goal-saving block at 1-0 which saw him limp off with an ankle injury, missing two Premier League games.

Thankfully, a third new contract in little more than a year ensures the Canaries are in a strong position, should any big bids arrive in January or next summer.

The survival prospects of Daniel Farke's team once January arrives could well shape the complexion of being able to keep their valuable assets during the mid-season transfer window, but it would seem highly unlikely that any bids under £20m would even be considered.

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