Norwich City transfer rumours: Crystal Palace step up Jamal Lewis interest

Danel Sinani, front, in action for Luxembourg against Northern Ireland last year Picture: Liam McBur

Danel Sinani, front, in action for Luxembourg against Northern Ireland last year Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis is being heavily touted with a surprise Premier League switch to Crystal Palace, with fresh reports talks have reached an ‘advanced stage’.

Football Insider's Pete O'Rourke claimed on Monday morning Palace have firmed up their interest in the Northern Ireland international, with Eagles' chief Roy Hodgson in the market for a left-sided defender ahead of Friday's 11pm deadline.

FI quote a Palace 'source' who suggests negotiations have reached an 'advanced stage' to sign the 22-year-old, who did start the Canaries' FA Cup fourth round win at Burnley on Saturday.

O'Rourke also suggests Lewis could be tempted by a switch to City's Premier League rivals after losing his league place to Sam Byram.

But that is believed to be wide of the mark, with no talks on going between the two clubs.

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Lewis is under contract at Carrow Road until 2023 after emerging as a key figure for club and country since his first team breakthrough in Daniel Farke's first season with the Canaries.

Farke has consistently reiterated the club is under no financial pressure to sell any of their best young talent in this window and made it clear before the recent Bournemouth game the arrival of the versatile Lukas Rupp was also designed to provide cover in full back areas.

Lewis, Byram and Max Aarons are the only senior options with the likes of Philip Heise and James Husband allowed to depart earlier in the season.

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Palace's rumoured interest in Lewis first surfaced earlier this month.

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