Ipswich Town are showing significant interest in Tranmere Rovers twenty-seven goal striker James Norwood.
Norwood has enjoyed an outstanding season for Tranmere and was named League Two Player of the Season at last night’s EFL Awards.
The twenty-eight-year-old is the leading goalscorer in England’s top four divisions this season and is out of contract this summer.
HITC Sport is suggesting that sources close to Ipswich Town understand the Tractor Boys are leading the race to sign the in-demand striker, who despite being offered a new deal at Prenton Park, looks set to leave as a free agent in the summer.
Norwood scored twenty-four goals for Rovers last season as they won promotion back to the Football League, including the winning goal in the play-off final at Wembley in May.
In his four seasons at Prenton Park, Norwood has scored eighty-nine goals in one hundred and seventy-two appearances, having spent the previous four years in non-league with Forest Green Rovers where he netted fifty-one times.
He played four games for boyhood club Exeter City in League One at the beginning of his career but has yet to feature regularly above League Two level.
Ipswich look destined for the drop to League One and manager Paul Lambert has made a new striker a number one priority as he looks to rebuild his squad and mount a challenge for an immediate return to the Championship.
HITC Sport is reporting that League One Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion are also tracking the in-form hitman who will decide his future in the summer.
Norwood will have a big decision to make in the summer and one suspects if Tranmere do get promoted their chances of keeping him at Prenton Park will increase.
However, a club like Ipswich will still be able to offer better terms than he could hope to get at Tranmere even if they are competing at the same level.
The player will think that at twenty-eight and in the form of his life, this might be his last chance to get a big contract.
The Championship might well be beyond him, but a big League One club such as Ipswich are set to be next season will undoubtedly snap him up, and after the season he has had you can only say he deserves it.
Whether Tranmere fans feel the same, we will have to wait and see.