By Wayne Veysey

18th May, 2017 | 7:42am

Reliable journalist delivers fascinating update on Leeds reported pursuit of Howson

By Harry Sykes

Leeds United have not yet decided to make a move to re-sign midfield kingpin Jonny Howson but a deal is highly possible, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay has insisted that sources at the Championship club are currently unaware of a supposed big-money pursuit of the Norwich central midfield.

Team Talk claim Leeds are preparing a sensational £4million bid for Howson, 28, during this summer’s window as the club look to make a mark under new owner Andrea Radrizzani.

It is said that Leeds are in the driving seat ahead of Burnley and Premier League new boys Brighton to bring the Elland Road academy product back to the club he quit in 2012.

Asked by a Leeds fan about the Yorkshire giants’ supposed Howson pursuit, Hay responded on his personal Twitter account that “it’s news” to the club but added that he would be “surprised” if there was no interest in the player given his calibre.

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The fascinating update suggests that speculation about an imminent bid for the iconic Leeds-born ace is premature but does not rule out the possibility of a stunning return to the came where he made his name.

Morley-reared Howson came through the ranks at Elland Road and had a huge rapport with the fans before finances dictated his departure five years ago.

He has a contract at Norwich that runs until 2019 after establishing himself as a key man at the club, making 188 appearances in total, but they could be willing to listen to offers after missing out on instant promotion back to the Premier League.

He showed this season how effective he can be in the Championship, recording six goals and eight assists from central midfield in his 38 Championship matches.

At Leeds, ex-England Under-21 international Howson made 219 appearances, scoring 27 goals and laying on a further 22 assists.

A £4million bid would be a huge one by Leeds’ standards of the last decade-and-a-half, as they have not spent that much money on a player since the signings of Robbie Fowler and Seth Johnson in the autumn of 2001.

Leeds are likely to overhaul their midfield ranks this summer after falling short in their promotion bid during the recently completed Championship campaign.

In other Leeds United transfer news, rivals have stepped aside to give the Yorkshire giants a clear path to the summer signing of a £3million player of the year striker.

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