Michael Edwards is alleged to have discovered his equal in Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber after Liverpool had been unable to land a cut price deal for Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis this summer season.
A bid of £10 million was submitted for Lewis’ providers final week, with that supply instantly rejected. The feeling at Norwich was that the valuation positioned on Lewis by Liverpool was nowhere close to a determine they might settle for, with Webber desirous to open talks at double that quantity.
Stuart Hodge, who’s a journalist overlaying Norwich City, advised the Blood Red podcast: “To discuss Jamal Lewis as a £10 million participant is fantasy land even permitting for fluctuations because of the pandemic.
“He has that top ceiling by way of growth however he already has that defensive solidity to his sport.
“Jamal just isn’t an Andy Robertson-type full-back. He can do the identical working however he’s about as completed defensively at this second, if not a bit of bit extra so.
“It’s clear that the story emerged from the Liverpool finish and never the Norwich finish as a way of attempting to drive the asking value for Jamal down, therefore the derisory opening supply.”
In impact, Liverpool caught to their weapons and Norwich did too, with the 2 sporting administrators unprepared to budge. Liverpool all the time maintained that they’d different choices – and it seems that was right.
Hodge added: “Stuart Webber mentioned on my podcast that Norwich is not going to be bullied – he made that explicitly clear.
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“He mentioned ‘we set our stall out with the James Maddison switch’. If you seen, there are a number of add-ons that Norwich are set to profit from if Leicester qualify for Europe, caps for England, that kind of factor.
“With Maddison, Norwich had been, by way of the membership’s monetary scenario, below stress to get a deal executed. And they weren’t bullied at that time – they obtained a club-record price and a file price for a Championship participant.
“What Webber said to me was that is how we are going to operate going forward. They are under no pressure to sell and the player can utilise their agent, but at the end of the day, it was Norwich who gave them an opportunity.”
Webber was part of Liverpool’s employees as soon as upon a time, throughout Damien Comolli’s time answerable for the membership. Webber was answerable for Academy recruitment throughout his time at Anfield, and was part of the workforce who signed Raheem Sterling to the membership’s ranks.
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And Hodge says that the ex-Reds worker firmly believed that Liverpool would pay his asking value this summer season for the left-back. It seems that the Reds had different concepts.
Norwich identified, in response to Hodge, that the market has elevated considerably since Robertson moved from Hull City to Anfield, and Lewis is below contact till 2023.
He concluded: “Liverpool [were] trying to play on the narrative that Norwich are a small club, but Webber has made it clear that Norwich will not be bullied or treated differently.”
Norwich are below no obligation to promote gamers this summer season and wished to maintain their man, so holding out for the total £20 million was not fairly the Canaries failing to name Liverpool’s bluff.
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Liverpool at the moment are believed to be within the superior levels of securing a deal for Olympiakos man Konstantinos Tsimikas, however Lewis had been thought of to be their primary alternative.
Reports recommend that the Reds had been unable to agree a price with Norwich for Lewis and as a substitute have gone elsewhere to spend the quantity they’ve put aside for a backup to Andy Robertson.
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