Liverpool remain hopeful of striking a deal with Norwich City for 22-year-old Northern Ireland international left back Jamal Lewis today despite reports that their formal bid of £10M was rejected by the newly relegated side.
Talk in recent days Liverpool valued Lewis at £10M while Norwich wanted £20M to allow him to leave suggested the two sides were a long way apart, and a report from The Times’ Paul Joyce today claiming Norwich had rejected such a bid out of hand appeared to confirm as much.
However, that news from Joyce was followed by The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe claiming the club still believed a compromise was possible and then from The Guardian’s Andy Hunter suggesting Liverpool were preparing an improved offer.
Both, though, reiterated that Liverpool have other options at the position, suggesting that whenever that improved offer arrives and whatever it might be, it will likely be the Reds’ final offer for the player.
The good news for fans, then, is that we should now know in fairly short order whether Lewis—who is represented by the same agency as both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson—will be joining Liverpool for the 2020-21 season.
Lewis spent his earliest days at Luton Town before joining Norwich as a 16-year-old. In three seasons as a regular for the Canaries he has made 100 total appearances, with 32 of those coming in the Premier League this past season.