Norwich City set to sign Leeds United midfielder
The January transfer window has been typically quiet so far, although it appears that Norwich City are close to landing the signature of another Leeds United midfielder.
January 18th, 2012
Having already captured Bradley Johnson from Elland Road in the summer, Paul Lambert is about to sign Jonny Howson for a reported £2 million fee, with Norwich and Leeds having agreed a price for the Whites captain.
It represents a bitter blow to Leeds’ promotion aspirations, with Howson a former England Under-21 midfielder regarded by many as a player who should make an easy transition from the Championship to Premier League.
“The player only has six months of his current contract remaining and has expressed a desire to play Premier League football at the earliest opportunity,” Leeds said in a statement.
“The club has been in discussions with the player about a new contract at Elland Road for more than 12 months, but he has been steadfast in his position that he would like the opportunity to play Premier League football.
“On that basis Jonny hasn’t felt in a position to commit himself to Leeds United at this moment in time.
“The player would be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of his current contract.
“While accepting the offer on Tuesday the player has still to agree terms with Norwich and we are disappointed the matter has become public at this stage.”