PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:06 18 June 2019
Rochdale’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Dan Adshead is reportedly set for a £300,000 move to Norwich City.
Football journalist Pete O’Rourke claimed on Tuesday afternoon City look set to steal a march on a host of Premier League rivals to the signature of the England youth international.
Adshead has been linked to both Manchester clubs and Liverpool in the past but opted to make the breakthrough at Rochdale. The 17-year-old made 16 appearances last season for the League One club – including a second half cameo in the 6-1 FA Cup defeat to Tottenham – after his debut the previous season two weeks after his 16th birthday.
O’Rourke claims Norwich will look to tie up a deal for the youngster before he turns 18 in September. Rochdale want to keep the prodigy, who signed a new three-year deal in September, but reportedly understand the lure of a Premier League chance for the youngster.
Norwich’s success under Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke has been forged on astute recruitment and a commitment to youth with the likes of Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey all starring during the club’s Championship title-winning season.
City have been linked with a number of future prospects this summer as they look to continue that conveyor belt from the club’s development set-up.
LIKELIHOOD: Fresh from the strong links with Charlie Gilmour and that early summer speculation touting Norwich with Bolton’s Luca Connell, Adshead appears another one who has started to make waves in the Football League at a tender age. City know to stand any chance of competing and thriving at the top level in years to come they need to continue to produce their own or polish gems from other clubs at astute prices.
Adshead certainly has the pedigree, given the number of Premier League clubs who have been touted with him earlier in his teens. At the figures quoted, it represents a potentially astute piece of business.