Norwich City transfer rumours: Rotherham bid to head off Ipswich and Canaries to sign midfielder Tom Adeyemi
PUBLISHED: 17:23 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 11 May 2017
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Rotherham have made Tom Adeyemi an offer to stay with the Millers, although the midfielder is being linked with a potential summer return to boyhood club Norwich City - as well as the Canaries' bitter rivals Ipswich Town.
The Sheffield Star report Norwich City fan and Millers’ chief Paul Warne has made the ex-City academy product a ‘really impressive offer’ for the Cardiff City midfielder, who is set to be available on a free transfer this summer.
The Sheffield Star claim Ipswich are favourites to sign the 25-year-old despite his links to Norwich but also claim City are interested in re-signing their academy product.
Adeyemi scored the winning goal in a 2-1 home win over the Canaries at the New York Stadium in January and repeated the trick against Ipswich last month, in a 1-0 victory.
Rotherham manager Warne recently told the Sheffield Star: “It would be nice if I could keep Tom. I’m a realist. I know the situation he’s in.
“But I think we would have a good chance to keep him. He wants to play here because he likes it here and he’s doing well here.”
Adeyemi made 17 appearances for Norwich after turning down a place at Cambridge University having achieved three A* grades in his A-levels at Norwich School.
He was also named League One Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards in 2010 but after loan spells at Bradford, Oldham and Brentford he was released in the summer of 2013 and signed for Birmingham.
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Adeyemi could offer good value
Canaries academy product Tom Adeyemi has led something of a nomadic existence since emerging as a senior player, spending time at five loan clubs and having two ‘permanent’ homes.
His first full Championship season with Birmingham proved a success and earned him a move to Cardiff as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began building for life following relegation from the Premier League, in a deal worth over £1m, plus potential add-ons.
Just 11 starts in 2014/15 means it is doubtful those add-on fees were ever activated, as the Bluebirds finished well adrift of the top six in mid-table.
A loan move to crisis club Leeds followed, with a view to a permanent switch which didn’t happen, but finally Adeyemi has found stability at Rotherham.
He has been one of the few positive parts of a depressing season for the Millers as they finished rock bottom, managing seven goals in a struggling team.
Standing at around 6ft 1ins tall, Adeyemi has the strapping stature to compete in the Championship and has developed a box-to-box style which could prove appealing to Norwich.
He was pivotal to the Millers beating City in January and could provide good competition, as sporting director Stuart Webber looks to build a young, hungry and more affordable squad.
The futures of current midfield options Graham Dorrans and Jonny Howson has already been the subject of speculation and Youssouf Mulumbu is not having his contract renewed.
Holding midfielder Alex Tettey is entering the final year of his contract and Louis Thompson may not be fit for pre-season due to the serious Achilles tendon injury suffered in November.
Which leaves the next options as academy players Ben Godfrey, Ebou Adams and Joe Crowe, following the release of Ray Grant and Conor McGrandles.
All of which means Adeyemi, available on a free and with a passion to play for his boyhood club, could be an ideal candidate for a second chance.