Norwich City transfer rumours: Blackburn want Cantwell

Published:
10:07 PM 18 June 2022



Updated:
10:29 PM 18 June 2022

Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell on loan, according to reports.

The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon has claimed new Rovers head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson has targeted City’s No.14 but a more relevant factor may be that the club’s new sporting director Lancashire star Gregg Broughton was a key part of the Canaries academy as Cantwell rose through the ranks.

A stumbling block for any temporary move would be the former England Under-21 international’s contract status. Norwich have taken up an option to extend his contract for a year this summer, meaning he has just one season left at Carrow Road.

It means that any cost-free departure would mean City would lose the chance to raise cash by selling Cantwell, an unlikely move given the need for sales to raise cash after relegation.

It also seems unlikely that Blackburn could make a significant financial contribution to the deal, with the report suggesting their transfer budget could be as low as £3m.

Cantwell spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, where he played 12 games and failed to score a single goal. The south coast club had the option of making the deal permanent for around £11m but opted against it.

It came after a mysterious situation which saw the 24-year-old fall out of favor at NR1, and he even trained with the club’s Under-23 team before former head coach Daniel left. Farke.

Dean Smith attempted to rejoin Cantwell when he replaced the German, but there were few signs of improvement and the decision was made to cut ties, at least temporarily, last winter.

At present, the Dereham native is set to return to City’s training base in Colney at the end of his vacation, with Smith keen to assess players who were previously on loan.

“We were all hoping Todd could return to the form we all saw in the previous Premier League campaign,” admitted the City boss after Cantwell’s transfer to the Cherries was confirmed.

“I threw him in my very first game, but unfortunately he just didn’t find that form. He felt it was a good time to go get games elsewhere. He wasn’t in the game. the team at the time, whether it was because of their form or a lack of confidence, I don’t know.”

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