Leeds United have submitted a £15million bid for Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
This site revealed yesterday that Marcelo Bielsa’s side want to recruit an attacking midfielder and hope to tie up a deal for the 22-year-old Canaries star before the 5 October transfer deadline.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Whites have now tabled a £15million offer for the Englishman they scouted extensively last season.
It can be revealed that Cantwell, who has started Norwich’s first two games of the Championship campaign, has been left out of the Daniel Farke’s squad for today’s clash against Bournemouth.
He has two years remaining on his contract at Carrow Road having renewed terms in July 2019.
His 40 appearances in all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign yielded an impressive seven goals and two assists.
Such form attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s elite clubs but talk of a potential move has gone quiet up until now.
Leeds bolstered their defence earlier this week with the signing of Spanish centre-half Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad on a four-year deal.
The £27million signing of Rodrigo Moreno in August saw the newly-promoted side smash their transfer record but he remains the club’s only senior offensive purchase this summer.
The potential arrival of Cantwell would not necessarily spell the end of Leeds’ transfer dealings with recruitment chief Victor Orta still in the hunt for a number eight, Football Insider understands.
Extensive talks have been held over a deal for Rodrigo De Paul but a fee is yet to have been agreed with Udinese, even though the player is keen on a move to Elland Road.
Bielsa and Orta are assessing other less expensive targets with Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley a potential option on loan.
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