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Transfer Rumour: Blackburn Refusing To Budge On £25m Price For Norwich Target Armstrong

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has insisted the club are sticking to their £25m asking price for star attacker Adam Armstrong.

Over the course of the summer transfer window, Adam Armstrong has been heavily linked with a move away from Blackburn Rovers.

A host of Premier League sides have been said keen on the hotshot, with Crystal Palace and Norwich City most recently credited with interest.

However, Rovers are showing no interest in letting their star man leave on the cheap. A £25m asking price has been widely reported and now, manager Tony Mowbray has said the club have no plans on budging on their valuation.

Speaking with Lancs Live, the Blackburn boss insisted that any club looking to sign Armstrong this summer will need to pay the full asking price.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I think the club are right to have a valuation and it needs meeting.

“These clubs that have bids in for him, for me, the Premier League you see some of the money, we’re arguing over a few quid here and there.

“Pay the asking price, get the job done and let’s get on with it. That’s how I see it.

“He’s our player, I think he’s an amazing player, and if he had three years left no-one would be getting him for less than £25m, those sort of numbers, yet he hasn’t. But you have to pay the price.”

Mowbray went on to add that he trusts Armstrong to give his all as long as he’s at the club, even if he stays beyond the end of the month.

The Blackburn boss heaped praise on the former Newcastle United youngster, labelling him as a “fantastic kid” amid a disrupted pre-season.

Given just how important Armstrong has been for Blackburn Rovers in recent seasons, irreplaceable would be a fair tag.

He netted 29 goals and provided five assists last season and has been the club’s primary goal threat in recent campaigns. Bringing in a player to do what Armstrong has done at Ewood Park will cost a pretty penny, so it will be interesting to see who is lined up as a potential replacement.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Make New 'Major' Offer For Blackburn Striker Armstrong

Norwich City have made a ‘major’ offer for Adam Armstrong as they look to win the race for the Blackburn Rovers forward.

The 24-year-old is a man in-demand after an outstanding season for Tony Mowbray’s men last time out, where Armstrong scored a fantastic 28 goals from 40 games.

Such form, combined with his contract at Ewood Park entering the final year, meant a summer move has always seemed on the cards.

Sun reporter Alan Nixon has revealed that the Canaries have made a real play to bring the ex-Newcastle United man to Carrow Road, with Adam Idah understoof to be involved in the deal.

“Major offer for Adam Armstrong. Good money plus extras. Also willing to let young Idah go in deal. However want a large fee for him. Offer higher than Southampton or Watford for the striker. And close to Venkys valuation.”

The prospect of bringing in Idah may appeal to Rovers who will be short on numbers up top if Armstrong departs.

This is going to be a very interesting transfer battle for Armstrong and this latest update shows that Norwich are very serious about doing a deal.

However, Southampton will have funds from Danny Ings’ sale, so Blackburn will hope it plays out into an auction between the two.

Realistically, they know keeping him beyond the current window is going to be tough, so it’s about getting a significant fee and then putting some money back into the team as a lot of work needs doing.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Make Third Offer For Greek Winger Christos Tzolis

Norwich City have slapped in a third offer for PAOK Salonika winger Christos Tzolis, according to Greek outlet Sportime.

The Carrow Road outfit are keen to make significant additions to their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League and have already signed a host of players.

Norwich have brought in Milot Rashica from German outfit Werder Bremen to strengthen their attack, but want to add to their options with the addition of PAOK star Tzolis.

Daniel Farke’s side have been locked in talks with PAOK over a deal for the 19-year-old winger and have already seen two bids rejected by the Greek top flight club.

However, the Premier League outfit are keen to add the Greece international to their ranks and have slapped in an improved bid for him involving €10m in fees with an additional €2m in add-on payments.

Norwich’s initial offer for the teenager was said to be €9m, while their second bid stood at €11m including add-ons.

And the Carrow Road outfit will be hoping to get a deal over the line this time around having tabled another offer for him.

Transfer Rumour: Todd Cantwell Believed To Be Villas No.1 Choice To Replace Grealish

Aston Villa are expected to pursue their interest in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, should Jack Grealish's transfer to Manchester City be finalised according to Sky Sports News reports.

There has yet to be official contact made between Villa and last season's Championship winners, but Norwich are aware of the interest.

With less than two weeks to go until the start of the Premier League season, Norwich do not want to lose Cantwell and it would take a significant bid for them to consider letting him go.

Norwich have a good relationship with Villa after they negotiated the sale of Emiliano Buendia in June.

Cantwell has entered the final year of his contract, although Norwich do have the option to extend the 23-year-old's deal for a further year.

Norwich Midfielder Todd Cantwell On His Champions League Ambitions

Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell has spoken about wanting to to play in the Champions League.

The Canaries have reportedly put a £40m price tag on Cantwell, who is being targeted by Aston Villa as a replacement for Manchester City target Jack Grealish.

And locally born and bred Cantwell has admitted he still has lofty ambitions for his football career.

"I've always thought that if you set your ambitions to the very top, then if you fall off you are in a good place," Cantwell said, speaking to the Beyond the Ball YouTube channel.

"I would love to play in the Champions League and anyone would love to play for their country at senior level.

"For me, I really want to try and get to the best level possible and if I can't get there then hopefully I will be in a good place."

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Reportedly Open Talks With Bournemouth Over Philip Billing

Norwich City have opened discussions with Bournemouth over a move for 25-year-old midfielder Philip Billing, according to reports.

Billing has made 79 appearances for the Cherries since joining from Huddersfield Town in July 2019, including playing for then 34 times in the Championship last season, and netting eight goals, as The Cherries reached the play-offs.

Bournemouth's Premier League dream was ended by Brentford, who went on to gain promotion by beating Swansea City in the final, and It looks like Billing could soon be returning to the top flight as well, albeit with a new team for the new season.

Football Insider claims that Norwich are hoping to sign him and have entered talks over a deal.

A new central midfielder is top of their summer wish list, even though they completed the signing of Billy Gilmour on loan recently.

The Canaries want a player who has experience competing in the Prem, and Billing fits that criteria.

He could soon be the subject of an official bid from the newly-promoted side.

Norwich’s finances have been boosted by the sale of Emi Buendia to Aston Villa. The Argentinian playmaker registered 32 goal contributions last term but was sold to bring in funds ahead of the new campaign.

It’s not yet known whether Bournemouth would allow Billing to leave. He is contracted at the Vitality stadium until June 2024, which means they will not be forced into a sale.

The Cherries would be looking to recoup all of the £15million they paid for him two years ago.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich lining up move for PAOK winger Christos Tzolis

Norwich City are reported to be considering a club-record transfer bid in an attempt to sign PAOK winger Christos Tzolis, Football Insider has reported.

The Canaries have returned to the Premier League after a single campaign in the Championship last year, and they have shown significantly more ambition in the transfer market than their previous promotion season.

In 2018/19, the hierarchy were content to stick with the options in the first-team squad, and they paid the price as they were relegated without a fight.

They are keen to avoid a similar repeat next season but have ground to make after sanctioning the sale of Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa.

Todd Cantwell has also been fancied to make the switch to Villa Park, and the club need to bring in quality replacements to avoid another drop.

Milot Rashica was recently added to the ranks as Buendia’s replacement, and they now have their sights on landing Greek sensation Tzolis.

The 19-year-old had a top campaign for PAOK last season, registering 16 goals and 10 assists from 46 appearances across all competitions.

He has been linked with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, but the Canaries are fancied to sign him in a club-record deal worth £10 million.

Norwich Midfielder Louis Thompson Departs by Mutual Agreement

Norwich City have announced this afternoon that midfielder Louis Thompson has left The Canaries following the mutual termination of his contract.

Thompson originally signed for the cliub back in September 2014 joining them from Swindon Town, he went on over the following seven years to make a total of 16 appearances for the club in all competitions.

He has spent large periods of his City career out on loan with the likes of Swindon, Shrewsbury Town and, most recently, Milton Keynes Dons where he made 21 appearances last season.