Norwich City transfer rumours: Liverpool’s pursuit for Lewis over as they near left-back signing
PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:55 09 August 2020
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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Olympiacos full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas after failing to agree a deal with Norwich City for Jamal Lewis, according to reports.
The Reds interest in the Canaries full-back has been played out publicly, with the Premier League champions making a bid for the Northern Ireland international last week.
The Merseysiders tabled an offer, believed to be £8million plus a further £2million in potential add ons, late on Wednesday evening via email, but that was immediately dismissed, before news of the Reds’ approach and knock back surfaced on Thursday afternoon.
City believed that bid was derisory and were unhappy with the way the Merseysiders had conducted themselves in negotiations.
Liverpool’s pursuit of the 22-year-old looks to be over - with reliable reporter Melissa Reddy stating that Jurgen Klopp’s side are closing in on a deal for the Greek international.
According to the report in the Independent, The Reds are close to securing a €13million (£11.75million) deal for the Olympiacos defender, which they believe represents better value as an option to deputise for Andrew Robertson.
The 24-year-old is due to fly into Merseyside for a medical early next week.
City valued Lewis significantly higher than Liverpool’s opening bid due to the fact he was homegrown and is contracted to Carrow Road until 2023.
City are under no pressure to sell their top talent during this window despite a projected £12m hit to the club’s finances due to the impact of football’s coronavirus shutdown last season.
The same applies to any of the club’s best young talent, with Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Emi Buendia all touted with summer moves since the end of the Premier League season.
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