Norwich City transfer rumours: Uwe Rosler hopes Amari’i Bell will continue his development at Fleetwood
PUBLISHED: 14:53 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 23 January 2017
Fleetwood Town boss Uwe Rosler expects full-back Amari’i Bell to remain with the League One club until the summer, despite reported interest from higher-level clubs, including Norwich City.
The 22-year-old has been an ever-present as Fleetwood have pieced together a challenge for the play-off places in the third tier this season, leading the Birmingham City academy product to be linked with a January exit.
The Canaries, Crystal Palace, Derby County and Aston Villa are all said to be monitoring the left-back’s progress, who made his 34th appearance of the season in a 1-0 win at Coventry on Saturday.
“Since we came through the door, Amari’i has got better each week, each game,” Rosler told the Blackpool Gazette following that victory.
“He was always talented, with tremendous physique, but he now reaches a level of consistency and is playing a very demanding wing-back role. I’m very happy with Amari’i. I’ve been told by our club that Amari’i will be here until the summer.
“I think Amari’i needs to reach another level. He does not want to go to a football club and be a sub.
“He wants to be bought for a lot of money and go right in there as their left-back. To achieve that I think we need to equip him at least for five more months.”
Norwich have been linked with left-backs following the £4.5million sale of Martin Olsson to Swansea last week, including Bradford City’s James Meredith.
Speculation over Robbie Brady’s potential move to Burnley has also continued, with Sporting Lisbon’s Marvin Zeegelaar still believed to be the man the Canaries are closest to securing the services of.
“We are in a great position. The player has 18 months on his contract,” Rosler continued. “He loves it with us and sees how far we can take him in the next four or five months.
“Martin Olsson got sold for £4m and he is 28. I think only clubs from the Premier League or on parachute payments can afford Amari’i Bell.”