Leeds United £20m move for Norwich star ‘won’t happen’

Date published: Friday 16th October 2020 10:41 - Lewis Oldham

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Leeds United are unlikely to complete a deal for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell on deadline day, according to reports.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have reportedly been heavily interested in the attacker for the last few weeks. Cantwell broke into the Norwich side during their promotion campaign in 2018/19.

He made 24 appearances for Daniel Farke’s side that year, as the Canaries ended the season as champions to get promoted to the Premier League.

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It was a tough season for them last season. They were relegated straight back down to the Championship after one year in the top flight.

But Cantwell was one of their most consistent performers in a tough campaign. He scored six goals and provided two assists from his 37 Premier League appearances.

The winger gained a lot of praise for his performances, and it was expected that he would end up at a top-flight side this summer.

Leeds have been the leading contenders to sign him. But with the domestic transfer window drawing to a close, a deal is yet to be agreed between the clubs.

Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Leeds were yet to make another bid for Cantwell. Now Football Insider have added that the move will not be completed before Friday’s deadline.

It is believed that Cantwell was open to the move. But the clubs struggled to agree on a fee with Norwich asking for around £20m to sign him this summer.

Bielsa is clearly an admirer of the 22-year-old. He may push the club to instead make a move for him during the January transfer window.

Leeds have been very busy on the transfer front this summer. The Premier League newcomers have spent around £100m to bring in the likes of Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Raphinha.

The Whites broke their transfer record to sign forward Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia for around £27m.

Bielsa’s side have also signed Helder Costa and Illan Meslier on permanent deals after they were on loan at Elland Road last season.

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