Norwich City Reignite Interest In Premier League Attacker

Norwich City will look to battle it out with bitter rivals Ipswich Town for Swansea City star Jamal Lowe who is out of contract this summer, according to the latest reports.

The Canaries have had an excellent second half of the campaign under head coach David Wagner. The German was reportedly close to losing his job merely a few weeks before Christmas. However, since the turn of the year, only champions Leicester City have picked up more points than the East Anglian side.

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After Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Carrow Road against Swansea, Wagner’s men moved leapt above West Bromwich Albion, who occupied fifth place for the previous few months, and will face Southampton in the play-off semi-final should they beat Birmingham City on the final day.

Nevertheless, the club are already looking ahead to the summer transfer window to strengthen the squad and have identified one player in England’s second tier who could add real depth to Wagner’s forward line.

According to a report from The Boot Room, Norwich City are keeping tabs on Lowe’s situation with Bournemouth. It was revealed during the summer transfer window that the attacker was not in Andoni Iraola’s future plans at the Vitality Stadium and the Canaries enquired about a loan move on deadline day.

Eventually, the 29-year-old was sent to Swansea until the end of the campaign, but Norwich will look to sign him permanently over the coming months as his contract with the Cherries expires in a few weeks’ time. The outlet are claiming that Ipswich, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Watford, Portsmouth and Derby County are also in the running for his signature.

Meanwhile, Swansea boss Luke Williams all but accepted that Lowe won’t be returning to Wales next season due to him being on a “Premier League salary”.

“I think it’s going to be difficult because Jamal is on a Premier League salary. That could be a real issue.

“Jamal’s contract in his first spell here was probably when the club were still working almost on a Premier League budget. Then he went on (to Cherries) still on a Premier League level,” Williams continued.

“But this club is no longer operating at that level. I think we have to be clear about what it’s going to look like if we are going to do anything at all.”

Writer’s View

Swansea have had quite an underwhelming campaign in the Championship. Despite having hopes at the beginning of the season of making a play-off push, the club will finish inside the bottom half of the table. However, Lowe certainly hasn’t disappointed, bagging nine goals and recording three assists in 34 appearances for the Swans.

Unfortunately, Swansea seemingly can’t keep hold of him due to his high wages but there could be two clubs from East Anglia in the top-flight next season – Norwich City and Ipswich Town – that may be able to afford his “Premier League salary”, which is said to be £12,000 per week, as per Capology.
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