Friday, July 20, 2012
Norwich City’s pursuit of Robert Snodgrass has stepped up a gear with reports they have increased their bid for the Leeds United winger.
The 24-year-old Scotland international has long been a target for the Canaries, who were reported to have had a £3.5m offer rejected last summer.
With Snodgrass still refusing to sign a new deal at Elland Road and out of contract in 12 months’ time, City weighed in with another bid earlier in the week – believed to be about £1.5m.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock confirmed the bid had been rejected but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, an improved offer for the club captain has been submitted.
City’s latest approach was still under consideration yesterday with Leeds in the grip of advanced takeover talks and on the brink of a change of ownership.
A group from the Middle East are poised to acquire a controlling interest.
Norwich, as is their custom, have not commented on their interest in Snodgrass, whose former Leeds team-mates, Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson, opted for the chance to play Premier League football at Carrow Road last season.
Leeds’ rejection of the bid tabled by the Canaries on Monday came with an admission from Warnock that Snodgrass might have had his “head turned” by interest from the top flight.
Warnock was the driving force behind the offer of a new contract which would have made Snodgrass the club’s highest earner.
But that deal remains unsigned, despite suggestions that the two sides are relatively close to an agreement, and Warnock’s plan to earn Snodgrass’ commitment with a flurry of impressive summer signings has been thwarted by a shortage of transfer funds.
Snodgrass has scored 41 times in 193 games for Leeds since arriving from Livingston in the summer of 2008.
He has played five times for Scotland.