Albert Adomah for Canaries?

Highly-rated Barnet winger Albert Adomah has rejected the offer of a new contract at the League Two club - making him once again a potential target for Norwich City during the January transfer window.

Highly-rated Barnet winger Albert Adomah has rejected the offer of a new contract at the League Two club - making him once again a potential target for Norwich City during the January transfer window.

Paul Lambert's in-form side may be going great guns at present, having won eight of their previous nine matches, but it's no secret that the Canaries' squad is seriously lacking in options out wide.

And talented youngster Adomah would appear to fit the bill perfectly, having already been on the Canaries' radar during the summer when previous manager Bryan Gunn was believed to have had a bid for his services turned down by the Bees.

Now Barnet have said they are willing to listen to offers for their most prized asset - and it will be interesting to see if Lambert rates the player as highly as the man he succeeded in the Carrow Road hot-seat.


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A tricky winger with a blistering turn of pace, Adomah can also score goals, with his tally of 10 last season helping Barnet to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight.

The 21-year-old Londoner has two in 18 games this term and his status as one of the Underhill outfit's key players was emphasised yesterday when the club said he had turned down the chance to become Barnet's best paid player of all time to try his luck elsewhere.

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The club will now be hoping to do business in January as their prized asset is out of contract during the summer and would be able to leave on a Bosman style free transfer - although Barnet would be due some compensation from the club he joined as he is under 24.

If Lambert is a fan of the player it's unclear whether the Canaries could afford to secure his services in January, even though the asking price is likely to be a relatively modest one. But there's absolutely no doubt that the nippy winger would be an excellent addition to a squad looking to bounce back to the Coca-Cola Championship at the first attempt.

City lack a player of Adomah's style at present, with out-of-favour wideman Simon Whaley currently on loan at Rochdale, and Lambert has been employing a diamond formation in midfield to counteract the lack of genuine width at his disposal. The tactics have proved a resounding success - but there's little doubt the City boss would also like the option of playing traditional wingers as well.

Explaining the decision to effectively put Adomah on the transfer list, a statement on Barnet's official website said: “Although Albert has made it clear that he wants to move on, relations between the club and the player remain amicable. We respect his decision and reluctantly accept his position.

“There is obviously a lot of interest in him and his stated decision to want to go could lead to a bidding war in January

“We have made it clear, whether he signed the new offer or not, that if an offer comes in that is acceptable to the club and the player we would not stand in his way

“Albert has done a great job for this club and we showed by our offer that we appreciate what he has done and our keenness for him to stay

“Hopes are high that we might achieve success this season but, while this might be seen as a blow to our aspirations, we wish to make it quite clear that manager Ian Hendon will be given money to strengthen the squad if Adomah moves.”

This is the second time Adomah has rejected a new deal. He was transfer listed at his own request 14 months ago after chairman chairman Tony Kleanthous turned down an offer from Plymouth Argyle and revealed interest from other clubs, including the Canaries.

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