Norwich City's Championship rivals Middlesbrough have reportedly had a £4m bid for Everton forward Tom Cannon turned down - with the Canaries among a number of clubs monitoring the 20-year-old.

Reports of a £7m bid from Carrow Road in the past 24 hours were wide of the mark, with City initially exploring a loan move for the Toffees' youngster.

But transfer specialist, Alan Nixon, claimed on Thursday afternoon the Canaries could firm up their interest ahead of Friday's 11pm deadline.

But Boro, Sunderland, Swansea, Stoke and his previous loan club Preston are also tracking Cannon. 

Everton boss Sean Dyche confirmed to reporters after his side's Carabao Cup win on Wednesday Cannon had been left out of the squad due to 'significant interest'.

Dyche then told the media on Thursday afternoon no agreement is in place with any club for Cannon. 

The Canaries are weighing up whether to go back into the market for a striker following Josh Sargent's long term ankle ligament injury.

Canaries' head coach David Wagner will provide an update on Sargent, and the latest state of play ahead of deadline day, when he holds his pre-match press conference for the weekend trip to Rotherham later on Thursday afternoon.

Nixon reported Preston felt they were in pole position to land Cannon again on loan, after he notched eight goals in 21 appearances at Deepdale last season. But North End are now poised to make an offer to buy the striker ahead of Friday's deadline.