James Norwood race heats up – prolific striker looks set to leave Prenton Park

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17-goal striker James Norwood could be the subject of intense speculation over the coming weeks as his name keeps cropping up in conjunction with other clubs.

It’s thought Portsmouth and stoke have been keeping an eye on the 28-year old, but news has emerged today that Sheffield Wednesday and Salford City are also interested in acquiring his signature.

It would be a bold move for Salford, but they’ve got the money to spend given the high-profile owners. They’re also thought to be interested in Lincoln City’s Matt Green, a more likely target.

Norwood is sure to be looking at ascending the divisions quickly, having played his entire career outside the Football League. He’s proven this season he’s got the ability to score in League Two, but with age slowly getting the better of him he’s sure to be climbing fast.

Sheffield Wednesday are struggling for cash and may see him as a cut-price option going into the second half of the season, but surely £250,000 would be a starting point which at the moment, might be too rich for the Owls. It wouldn’t put of Pompey or Stoke though, with the former a more likely destination as Norwood is from the South West, albeit Exeter.

Our View

If Salford sign Norwood it will be a joke, period. We can’t see it happening at all, they might be able to buy the likes of Danny Lloyd and Adam Rooney, but Norwood won’t be wanting to drop out of the EFL now he’s finally made it.

Sheffield Wednesday might go for broke, but given that neither Mo Eisa nor Christian Doidge have made a splash at that level, it might be a risk too far,

A move to Fratton Park certainly fits though, although exactly where he’d fit into their formation is up for debate.

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