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Transfer Rumour: Galatasaray eyeing permanent Milot Rashica move

Turkish Super Lig leaders Galatasaray are keen to make Milot Rashica's loan move from Norwich City into a permanent one this summer, according to Hurriyet.

Currently ahead of Fenerbahce in the domestic standings by six points, Gala have already set their sights on the summer window before the current campaign is even done, and they have clearly been impressed by the Kosovan winger's performances for the club in 2022-23.

They landed Rashica on a loan deal in September for the rest of the season a full week after the English transfer window closed, with then-Norwich manager Dean Smith deciding that the 26-year-old wasn't guaranteed to be a starter for him in the Championship despite playing in the first four league matches of the season.

Since arriving in Turkey, Rashica has been regularly appearing for Galatasaray and has notched four goals and four assists in all competitions.

The hierarchy at the Nef Stadium now want to bring him in on a full-time basis, and per reports from Turkey they are set to put €7 million (£6.15 million) on the negotiating table to the Canaries to try and get them to cash in on a player they reportedly paid €11 million to Werder Bremen for in the summer of 2021.

And Hurriyet expect the Norfolk outfit to accept the offer when the time comes after he fell out of favour in 2022 at Carrow Road, although there has been a change of head coach since with David Wagner replacing Smith in the dugout.

Adam Idah fit for Sheffield United clash

Norwich City have been handed an unexpected fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s clash against Sheffield United, with one of their strikers “ready to go” after recovering from a foot injury.

Adam Idah was originally expected to miss the clash against his side’s fellow promotion chasers, but was included alongside United’s John Egan in the Republic of Ireland squad over the international break.

Speaking ahead of Monday night’s tough clash against World Cup runners-up France in Dublin, Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said: “Adam Idah is fully fit. He is okay and absolutely ready to go. Yes, he comes into our plans,” said Kenny.

“He trained well [on Saturday] and he has been playing consistently for Norwich every week so he comes back into the squad.

Transfer News: Chelsea & Norwich Talks Continue over Alex Matos

Norwich remain in talks with Chelsea over the sale to the West London club of promising youngster Alex Matos, with Norwich due compensation once the transfer move goes through.

It was widely reported last week that Norwich were set to lose one of their best young talents, as the midfielder was training with the Londoners, and he even featured in a behind closed doors game for the Blues alongside N’Golo Kante, where he is understood to have the Blues' heirachy.

As such following that game the deal for the highly rated 18-year-old academy product is expected to happen, with the Pink’Un revealing that the ‘process to finalise the move is ongoing’.

The report also offers more insight into the financial aspects of the deal, as Norwich will be entitled to payment as per FIFA rules. Yet, the update confirms that discussions are ongoing between the two clubs on exactly how that will be structured, as Norwich can look for further incentives down the line depending on how Matos’ career progresses.

“It's understood Norwich will be entitled to compensation for Matos, but under the current rules they can negotiate a different deal with Chelsea as an alternative should they wish. That could be beneficial if it comes through various clauses that pay over a prolonged period rather than one lump sum.”

Matos, who signed his first professional deal at Carrow Road back in 2021, is the latest in a list of youngsters who have departed Norwich recently. Ruben Shakpole joined Aston Villa in a move that could be worth seven figures, whilst Kristian Hlynsson and Arlo Doherty are others who have joined other clubs as well.

Transfer rumour: Chelsea set to sign 18-year-old Norwich star Alex Matos

Chelsea are reportedly set to sign Norwich City's English wonderkid Alex Matos on a free transfer.

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, the Blues are closing in on securing a contract for Matos.

The versatile 18-year-old winger and midfielder, born in 2004, can join for nothing - although some add-ons are expected.

At Chelsea, the Englishman will link up with Jim Fraser's project to build a strong Under-21s team.

Head of youth development and recruitment Fraser identified Matos as the perfect candidate with bags of potential.

Norwich Set For James Maddison Windfall

Leicester City will have to pay a sum of money to Norwich City if James Maddison starts for England on Sunday evening, according to a report.

The attacking midfielder looks set to start for Gareth Southgate's Three Lions against Ukraine in Euro 2024 qualifying action at Wembley Stadium. It would be his first start for England and just his second cap, after playing 35 minutes in a 7-0 win over Montenegro back in 2019.

According to Pink Un, Maddison's first start for England will trigger a payment to Norwich City - an agreed add-on when Maddison moved from Carrow Road to King Power Stadium back in 2018.

Leicester paid £25million to Norwich for Maddison's services five years ago, and the attacking midfielder has gone from strength to strength, including being part of the team that won the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2021.

Reports suggest that Maddison will start for England in a front three alongside Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his star man comes through the game unscathed after being plagued by a knee issue over the course of the season.

Competition for places hots up as Josh Sargent returns this weekend

Norwich City have their top goalscoring option back and available for selection again ahead of the final three matches of March’s fixture list.

Josh Sargent has been confirmed by manager David Wagner as being ready to return for the Canaries this weekend. The popular fans favourite has missed the last three matches due to an ankle injury, but is back with Norwich City taking on fellow promotion chasers Sunderland in English Football League Championship action.

“He [Sargent] is fully in contention, he’s trained for the last couple of sessions with the team,” Wagner said.

The U.S. men’s national team striker scored his 11th league goal of the season back on Feb. 14, but since missed matches against Birmingham City, Cardiff City, and Millwall. Sargent has been crucial to the Canaries attack this season, with him and Teemu Pukki both eclipsing double-digit goals so far.

Sargent’s return to action is a major boost with Norwich City facing Sunderland, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City before the March international break. The USMNT will also resume its Concacaf Nations League group stage schedule later this month with two final matches against Grenada and El Salvador on March 24th and 27th respectively.

Norwich City currently sit sixth in the league table, one point in front of Millwall for the last of the four promotion playoff spots.

Angus Gunn Expected To Make Scotland Debut As He Follows Fathers Footsteps

Norwich City goalkeeper Angus Gunn is set to be called into the Scotland squad next week and is likely to be the No 1 stopper for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Cyprus and Spain, according to reports.published online and in The Scotsman

Gunn, whose father Bryan was capped six times by Scotland, has represented England at under-21 level and has twice before turned down approaches from Scotland to play for them. However, with regular goalkeeper Craig Gordon sidelined by a double leg-break after a horror injury while playing for Hearts on Christmas Eve, Scotland manager Steve Clarke is searching for a new man between the sticks and has managed to persuade Gunn to switch allegiances.

The Scottish Sun reports that Gunn will be part of the squad, due to be announced on Tuesday, for the matches at Hampden Park against Cyprus on Saturday, March 25 and then Spain on Tuesday, March 28. It is anticipated that he will be joined by Rangers’ Jon McLaughlin and Zander Clark, who is deputising for Gordon at Hearts, but given his excellent form for the Canaries this season, the 27-year-old should start when the Cypriots visit Glasgow.

Gordon has played every minute of Scotland’s past 16 internationals, meaning that there is no ready-made deputy to step into his shoes. Current Hibs goalkeeper David Marshall, who was Scotland’s goalkeeper prior to Gordon taking over the gloves, called time on his international career last summer, forcing Clarke to search for alternative options. Motherwell’s Liam Kelly has also been involved in previous squads.


Transfer Rumour: Norwich Leading Chase For Striker Jamal Lowe

Bournemouth forward Jamal Lowe is set to leave on-loan this month with more than a dozen clubs in the mix to land his signature, TEAMtalk understands.

The 28-year-old striker joined The Cherries a year go ago from Swansea in a £1.5million deal and helped them seal promotion to the top-flight.

However, since their promotion to the Premier League he has been limited to just two appearances for Bournemouth.

Now a host of clubs are looking to claim his signature and give him regular game time in the process.

We understand Norwich and QPR are leading the chase for him, although League One leaders Ipswich Town are also hoping they could pull of a huge coup and persuade him to move to Suffolk.

Lowe has scored 114 goals in 418 career appearances, while his best spell came in non-league at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

During his time at Dean Court, the experienced frontman has notched eight times in 39 outings.

Lowe was born in England and actually played for the England C team, before making his full international debut for Jamaica in 2021.

He has gone on to score twice in four appearances for the Reggae Boyz.