Norwich City Braced For Premier League Raid

Aston Villa and West Ham United are amongst a host of Premier League teams considering a move for Norwich City attacker Jon Rowe, according to HITC.

The Canaries moved to within two points of the play-offs last night with a 2-1 win over Hull City at the MKM Stadium. Rowe was on the scoresheet in the first half when he hit his 12th goal of the season in all competitions in spectacular fashion, finishing smartly into the bottom left corner whilst under pressure from four defenders.

Christian Fassnacht doubled the away side’s advantage with two minutes of normal time remaining before Tyler Morton pulled a goal back for the Tigers in added time.

David Wagner’s side can consider themselves fortunate to have escaped with the three points, with Hull largely dominant throughout, but it was a result that halted a run of three without a win for Norwich to put them back into contention for a top six finish.

Rowe’s goal will be the main talking point from the game though, with the winger continuing his excellent campaign. The 20-year-old has cemented his place in the Norwich team this season after scoring in the opening four goals of the campaign. His brace against rivals Ipswich Town in December was a particular high point in the 2-2 draw at Portman Road.

It’s this form which has caught the eyes of a number of Premier League clubs, with Villa, Brentford, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers all having scouted the England under-21 international. However, it is claimed that a bid this month is unlikely. Instead, a move is much more likely in the summer.

Wagner addressed the situation in the aftermath of last night’s victory, telling Sky Sports: “I have no concern that there is any problems. If you consider he’s quite young and he made his first senior start at the beginning of the season, it makes it more interesting.”

Norwich will be hoping to secure their place in the FA Cup fourth round on Wednesday when they travel to Bristol Rovers in the third round replay.

Writer’s View

Jon Rowe looks like a player destined to play in the Premier League and it’s easy to forget that this is breakout season. Having emerged through Norwich’s academy, he will be hoping that he can help steer his boyhood club back into the top tier.

Under contract until 2025, the Canaries may be hoping to tie him down to a longer deal which could generate a bigger fee should other teams come knocking. The East Anglian outfit do hold an option to extend by an additional year, so they will be comfortable with the situation.

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