RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City one of four in the race for Coventry City striker Callum Wilson
10:31 16 June 2014
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Norwich City is one of a quartet of Championship clubs tracking Coventry City’s highly-rated striker Callum Wilson.
Bournemouth have already had two bids rejected for the 22-year-old as they look to replace frontman Lewis Grabban who joined the Canaries earlier this month.
Reading and Championship new boys Brentford are also reportedly in the frame, whilst Midlands rivals Wolves reportedly made an enquiry in January, but the Sky Blues have made it clear they want to hang onto their prized asset who struck 22 goals in 41 games during a prolific first full season in league football.
Sky Blues’ development director Steve Waggott last week told the Coventry Evening Telegraph Wilson is part of Steven Pressley’s plans.
“At the moment our view is that Callum is not for sale,” he said. “We have had approaches from four Championship clubs who are keen to secure the services of one of the best young strikers around.
“As it stands we have rebuffed and rejected all offers that have come in. We’ve had what I would call four firm enquiries all together, comprising two written bids, one quite firm verbal offer and one indicative enquiry where they have said they are interested. They are all Championship clubs, which is to be expected to be honest.”
Neil Adams’ club have been linked with Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes and Leeds’ Ross McCormack as they look to bolster a frontline which under-performed during the Canaries’ Premier League relegation fight.
Skysports confirmed on Monday morning Leeds had rejected a £5m bid for McCormack from Fulham but the Scottish international is attracting interest from a number of clubs in the top two divisions.
McCormack’s international team mate, Robert Snodgrass, will cost potential suitors £6m to prize away from Carrow Road, according to the Daily Mail.
Snodgrass has one year left on his current deal but has been touted with a return north of the border to his boyhood club Celtic along with a swift Premier League return as Hull City and West Ham monitor his situation. The Sunday People claimed the Tigers have edged ahead of West Ham in the race with a £4m offer.
Former City loanee Johan Elmander is poised to move to French top tier club Bastia, according to weekend reports in L’Equipe. Norwich have declined the option to turn his initial loan move from Galatasaray into a permanent deal and the Swede, who previously played in France for Toulouse, could now link up with new Bastia boss Claude Makelele.