By Noel Whelan

12th Aug, 2020 | 10:30am

Pundit Exclusive: 'Exceptional' Liverpool target will be devastated after big announcement

Noel Whelan has claimed that Norwich defender Jamal Lewis will be “absolutely gutted” that a move to Liverpool fell through.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said it is a “real shame” that “Norwich priced him out of a move” to Anfield after an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.

The Reds confirmed the signing of Olympiacos’ Kostas Tsimikas on Monday to provide cover for Andy Robertson at left-back.

Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, who made 33 appearances last season, was the subject of a bid from the Premier League champions but the two clubs were far apart in their valuation for the player.

The Canaries were unwilling to budge on their £20million price tag for the player which led to the Reds’ pursuit of other targets and the eventual signing of Tsimikas.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Lewis transfer, Whelan said:

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“Clubs hold players to ransom sometimes but that is no different to players holding clubs to ransom over contracts.

“It is really disappointing for Lewis. I am sure he was really excited about the possibility of a move to Anfield.

“Liverpool were looking at another good young British full-back to give Robertson some competition. They do not have enough competition in those areas.

“They have good young lads coming through but Jamal Lewis did exceptionally in the Premier League last season. He held his own. He can defend, be that winger, he is box-to-box. A very good footballing mind.

“It is a real shame and I am sure he is absolutely gutted that a move to Liverpool, the champions, has fell through because Norwich have priced him out of a move.” 

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