Norwich City are chasing Coventry City left-back, Sam McCallum according to the Coventry Telegraph and the Canaries are looking to seal a deal for the highly rated teenager ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.
It seems that Norwich made a bid earlier in the week but this initial offer was rejected before making a new improved offer, reported to be around £3m plus add-ons and, naturally, a sell-on clause.
The deal sounds reminiscent of the deal which saw James Maddison plucked from the Sky Blues. McCallum is another academy product and despite being just 19-years-old he has had a real breakout season this term, making 27 appearances.
Coventry City are managed by former Canary hero, Mark Robins who had this to say, as reported by the Telegraph after the initial bid was turned down:
“Things might start hotting up, so stay tuned.
“We are trying to keep hold of the squad and everyone together.
“There’s a bid come in for McCallum from a Premier League team – a good seven figures but the club have turned it down, thankfully.
“Hopefully we will be able to keep hold of him. It’s nowhere near what I would expect for him and we have just got to make sure we are strong.
“It’s a big test – a big test to see if we can keep hold of him.
“I suggest we should do because the bid is miles away from where we need to be with it and I think that if he stays with us for a bit longer that fee only goes up.”
If a deal can be agreed, the general assumption seems to be that the lad would be loaned back to Coventry for the remainder of the season, just as Maddison was at the time. This sounds like preparing for life without Jamal Lewis to me, with Lewis being linked to several clubs of late including Crystal Palace.
I seriously doubt that Lewis would be sold in this transfer window but next summer is a different kettle of fish.