Monday, January 23, 2012

Leeds skipper set for Norwich

Championship side Leeds United have accepted a bid from Norwich City for their club captain Jonny Howson.

The midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, is a product of the Leeds academy and has made 225 for the club. The Leeds skipper is currently on the sidelines through injury, but it is thought he will open contract talks with the Canaries this week.

In a statement, Leeds United said: "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 and on that basis Jonny hasn't felt in a position to commit himself to Leeds United at this moment in time."

Howson would join former Leeds team-mate Bradley Johnson at Carrow Road, should the deal go through. The signing of Howson would be Paul Lambert’s first of the transfer window.

For promotion hopefuls Leeds, Howson’s impending departure is a bitter blow and one punters who bet on the Championship would take note of. They have fallen away in the Championship during the last month, coincidentally in Howson’s absence, and were understood to be looking to add quality to their squad before the transfer window shuts.

Selling their captain and longest-serving player is seen as a backward step among the club’s fans. Howson would join a long list of recently departed stars. There is already talk of another protest against chairman Ken Bates.

Norwich and Leeds were going head-to-head for promotion in League One just two seasons ago. Now, Norwich are looking to re-establish themselves in the Premier League – with their odds on the relegation betting lengthening with each impressive result - with the help of a couple of Leeds old boys.

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