Norwich City Close To Sealing £6 Million Transfer Agreement

Norwich City are closing in on a deal with Celtic to sell striker Adam Idah, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Irish striker was on loan at Parkhead last season, and has been strongly linked with a return to the Scottish champions this summer.  The 23-year-old has four years left on his deal at Carrow Road, and the Canaries have already rebuffed one bid from Brendan Rodgers’ side, thought to be £4 million.

As reported by STV, Idah is a long-term target for Celtic, as the double winners look to keep their neighbours at arm’s length. With nine goals in 19 outings across all competitions, he played a key role in their success last season. That’s led to this morning’s report confirming they’re set to up their offer, with a figure of £6 million now touted.

O’Rourke’s report suggests that will be enough to get Norwich’s agreement on a switch, giving them a war chest to spend on their campaign to get back into the Premier League after losing in the play-0ffs against Leeds United last season.

Irish striker Idah came throguh the ranks at Carrow Road, making a Premier League debut in the 2019/20 season. He hit the headlines by scoring a hat trick in only his third senior appearance, an FA Cup tie against Preston North End. Since then, he has gone on to make 115 outings for Norwich, scoring 17 goals.

He’s also featured prominently for his country, progressing through the junior ranks and debuting against Bulgaria in the Nations League. He scored his first international goal against Gibraltar and now has four in 26 outings.

His goals helped Celtic secure a third league title in as many seasons, and their second league and cup double on the spin. Brendan Rodgers sees him as a key figure for their attempt to make it three in a row, confirmed after Friday’s 1-1 draw with Ayr.

“Adam’s a Norwich player, so I’m not in the mood to be talking about other players at other clubs,” the Celtic chief said. “But he’s a player that came in here, did exceptionally well, and we’ll see what happens.”

Writer’s View

This transfer has been on the cusp of happening all summer. Every morning, supporters of both clubs wake up expecting to hear it is done, and it seems today, finally, it moves a step close.

Idah has a huge amount of potential, but he’s nearing an age where regular first-team football is a must. Why wouldn’t he want to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs? Make no mistake, that’s what Celtic are – the Scottish league might not be super competitive, but the city of Glasgow has two huge clubs, and playing in front of 60,000 fans every week is sure to be a huge draw.

This is good business all around.

 

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