Norwich City transfer rumours: City linked with Sunderland midfielder being chased by Brighton

Sunderland's Paddy McNair has been linked with Norwich City. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland's Paddy McNair has been linked with Norwich City. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

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Norwich City are being touted with interest in Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair, despite Premier League side Brighton’s pursuit of the Northern Ireland international.

The 23-year-old Manchester United youth product is expected to leave Wearside following the Black Cats’ relegation to League One, with reports suggesting he is valued at around £5million.

Brighton are said to have upped an initial £2m offer to £3.75m over the weekend but the Daily Mirror claim Norwich, Derby and Stoke are the Championship clubs monitoring the situation closely, in their live transfer blog.

McNair scored five goals in 16 games after seeing the first half of his season hampered by injury following his recovery from almost a year out with a cruciate knee ligament injury in October.

He finished the season strongly with four goals in five games and played all of Northern Ireland’s two friendlies in the past week, a 0-0 draw in Panama in which he was named man of the match and a 3-0 loss in Costa Rica.

Anything close to £5m seems unlikely to be within City’s grasp this summer as Premier League parachute payments come to an end, although the Mirror does mention that a big-money sale of James Maddison could free up funds.

Maddison has been strongly linked with Leicester and Everton in recent days, with a deal upwards of £20m mentioned.

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