By Wayne Veysey

28th Mar, 2017 | 5:26pm

Senior man placed on gardening leave after reported Celtic approach - reliable journalist

By Alex Stevens

Norwich have moved a step closer to beating Rangers and Celtic to the signing of recruitment guru Stuart Webber, according to a reliable journalist.

Telegraph correspondent John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Huddersfield have placed Webber on gardening leave as he prepares to leave the club.

Transfer expert Percy reported that Webber will be appointed Norwich’s first sporting director after agreeing terms with the Championship club.

The development suggests a deal is in place close for Norwich to announce the arrival of Webber, 33, after winning the race ahead of the two giants of Scottish football.

The Mail claimed earlier this month that Rangers and Celtic both tried to persuade the Huddersfield recruitment guru to move north of the border.

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Celtic subsequently appointed Lee Congerton last week as their head of recruitment last week, while Rangers are confident of filling their newly-created director of football role by the summer.

Webber appears to have made the decision to swap a possible automatic promotion place for a more senior role at Norwich, whose own promotion hopes have slipped away in recent months.

The Canaries are eighth in the Championship, five points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off spot.

Webber took over as head of football operations at Huddersfield when they were languishing near the bottom of the Championship and has overseen a transformation after appointing German David Wagner as manager and overhauling the club’s scouting operation.

Celtic have high hopes of winning the Scottish treble this season as the continue to carry all before them in domestic football.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have already won the Scottish League Cup and are set to secure a sixth consecutive league title immediately after the international break.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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