Norwich City transfer rumours: Saints, Burnley, Everton and Canaries competing for £15m striker

PUBLISHED: 18:15 09 April 2019 | UPDATED: 18:16 09 April 2019

Che Adams celebrates scoring an equaliser during Birmingham City's 3-1 loss at Norwich City in January 2019 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Che Adams celebrates scoring an equaliser during Birmingham City's 3-1 loss at Norwich City in January 2019 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City are reportedly among the clubs keen to sign Birmingham’s star striker Che Adams this summer, despite a touted £15million price tag.

The Sun claim Southampton are the Premier League side leading the chase for the 22-year-old, who has scored 22 goals in 40 league games this season and is competing with City’s 26-goal top scorer Teemu Pukki for the Championship golden boot.

Everton and Burnley are the other top-flight teams said to be keen on the powerful forward but the report also claims the Canaries are interested, as Daniel Farke’s team move closer to promotion.

Adams was on the books at Coventry City as a youngster but had to make his name in non-league, earning a move from Ilkeston to Sheffield United as an 18-year-old in 2014.

He joined Birmingham two years later for a reported £2m after 15 goals in 35 games for the Blades and has scored 38 in 117 matches in total for the Blues, really establishing himself this season.

The former England U20 international scored an equaliser at Carrow Road as Garry Monk’s team were beaten 3-1 in January and was nominated for the Championship Player of the Season award which City striker Pukki claimed on Sunday.

The Sun’s report claims Southampton failed with a £10m bid in January and that Burnley also had a deal worth £12m turned away, with previous reports claiming Manchester United and Arsenal were monitoring his progress.

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Birmingham’s play-off hopes were brought to an end last month by a nine-point deduction for financial problems and they sit five points clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining, but will reportedly hold out for £15m.

That value would appear likely to be too much for Norwich, even if they did earn the riches that come with promotion in the next few weeks, due to the tight budget of the club’s self-funding model which was needed to deal with relegation from the Premier League in 2016.

Were one of Farke’s crown jewels, such as Emi Buendia or Max Aarons, to be subjects of big money bids from top clubs then there could be money to spend however – and a striker may well be needed to compete with Pukki.

Jordan Rhodes looks likely to return to Sheffield Wednesday when his loan expires and Dennis Srbeny has been on the fringes since arriving from the third tier of German football, while Nelson Oliveira is expected to be sold this summer once his Reading loan concludes.

Originally from Leicester, Adams was named in the Championship Team of the Season at the EFL Awards, alongside Norwich stars Pukki, Aarons and Jamal Lewis.

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