Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has tipped Todd Cantwell to leave Norwich City before the domestic transfer window closes as Leeds United’s interest continues.
Whilst the European transfer window closed last week, the domestic window remains open until next Friday, and a name that continues to be linked with a move to Elland Road is that of Cantwell.
The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on the books at Carrow Road, having been part of the Canaries side that suffered relegation from the Premier League last term.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is seemingly keen on bringing in the youngster, having seen him contribute last season with six goals and two assists in his 37 top-flight appearances.
Cantwell among several players expected to move
Cantwell’s future has been discussed, with Hutton telling Football Insider that he feels the midfielder will be just a number of players making a move from the Championship to the top flight over the next week.
“He was probably one of the shining stars for Norwich last season, he was one of four of them in that squad that you’d pick out that were likely to leave,” the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said.
“Really good potential, he’s young and he looked hungry in the Premier League, he’s got all the attributes to play at a high level.
“I think with this window being open until the 16th, it gives teams room and time, however you want to look at it, they can go for their first targets, whether it be bigger signings, if you like, and they can have that on the backburner.
“I think that’s what it seems, that a lot of teams are looking and saying if target A doesn’t work out, we’ve also got this, we’ve got X amount of days, there’s not as much pressure to get that done.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if something happened for Cantwell and a few players coming out of the Championship to the Premier League.”
With the 22-year-old’s future in the spotlight, Football Insider also claimed earlier this week that Norwich are keen to fend off Leeds’ interest after rejecting two bids over the course of the last month.
Cantwell dreams of Elland Road move
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, Cantwell has two years remaining on his contract at Carrow Road and is said to be desperately keen on a move to Elland Road.
Bielsa remains keen on a move for the Canaries midfielder, especially after missing out on new Marseille signing Michael Cuisance last week.
Norwich are likely to play hardball over the next few days as they seek to keep hold of a player who could be vital to a potential promotion push, but the lure of Bielsa and Premier League football and the chance to play alongside the likes of Pablo Hernandez could see Cantwell push hard for an exit.
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