Norwich Accept Newcastle Bid for Full-Back Jamal Lewis

05 September 2020 12:45

Newcastle are understood to have had a bid for Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis accepted, as Steve Bruce looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of the new season.

Despite the Magpies' ownership yet again being up in the air following the collapse of the proposed Saudi-backed takeover, Bruce has remained adamant that he would continue his summer transfer dealings as normal.

The club recently made an audacious attempt to lure Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey to Tyneside, though the former Arsenal man was unwilling to engage in talks. However, the Independent's Melissa Reddy now reports that Newcastle have had a bid of £13.5m – the same amount offered for Ramsey’s services – accepted for Norwich defender Lewis.

The 22-year-old left-back was a standout performer in the Canaries’ successful 2018/19 promotion campaign as they finished top of the Championship. Along with right-back Max Aarons, Lewis’ attacking threat and lung-busting runs saw him recognised as a quality prospect, with a number of clubs said to have been monitoring the youngster.

However, his maiden Premier League campaign failed to live up to the hype that had gone before, with Sam Byram occasionally being given the nod at left-back ahead of Lewis.

Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped a whole host of top-flight teams looking to snap up the full-back following the Canaries’ relegation. Both West Ham and Leicester are rumoured to have been eyeing a deal for the youngster, however, it appears the Toon Army have won the race to secure the Northern Ireland international’s services.

Bruce had been hotly tipped to sign Tottenham left-back Danny Rose on a permanent basis, following the England man’s loan spell on Tyneside last season.

The Newcastle boss made no secret of his desire to re-sign the 30-year-old, but it remains to be seen whether Rose is still on the club’s radar.

Source: 90min