Leicester & Newcastle Join Race for Todd Cantwell as Norwich Brace for Bidding War

Leicester and Newcastle are said to have joined virtually every other Premier League club in pursuing relegated Norwich's Todd Cantwell.

It's been a long slog of a season for Daniel Farke's team, whose long-awaited relegation was confirmed after a 4-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend. Cantwell has been one of few bright spots, emerging from the fringes of the squad to appear in all but one of their league matches this term.

His seven Norwich goals this term are bettered only by Teemu Pukki, and his vibrant performances have earned him plenty of admirers. In February, Liverpool were said to be the frontrunners for his signature, while Tottenham later emerged as a serious contender.

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With all that's happened since then - deadly pandemic, worldwide lockdown, all the rest of it - it's not hugely surprising that those whisperings took a bit of a back seat. But with some normality now returning in the UK, to the point that we're even discussing the alien concept of fans attending games again, it seems the Cantwell hype train is back on the rails.

The Mail are reporting that Leicester and Newcastle have joined the extensive list of clubs keen to pry him away from Carrow Road, although whether the interest is formalised may depend on circumstances at each club.

It seems like a lifetime since we've had any meaningful news on Newcastle's takeover, but that's still rumbling away in the background, and will define their transfer plans. Leicester's spending, meanwhile, hinges on where they finish the season, with potential Champions League windfall a real difference-maker as far as their purse strings are concerned.

Daniel Farke said following defeat to Burnley that Norwich are in a 'strong' financial position, and won't be bullied into selling their best young players this summer, so it does seem they will demand a substantial fee.

After such an impressive breakthrough season in the top flight, however, the chances of him remaining at the club beyond the summer look slim.

Source : 90min