Battle on for rising Norwich City star Cameron McGeehan
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Canaries youngster Cameron McGeehan is at the centre of a tug-of-war between bitter rivals.
Norwich City's midfielder is impressing on loan at League Two Cambridge United and shone on the biggest stage of his fledgling career during the U's FA Cup clashes with Premier League giants Manchester United.
His temporary deal at the Abbey Stadium is scheduled to run until February 16 but that hasn't prevented Luton Town declaring their continued interest in the 20-year-old's services.
Norwich's FA Youth Cup winning skipper of 2013 spent the second half of last term on loan with the Hatters, making 18 appearances and scoring three goals, as he helped the club gain promotion back into the Football League. And boss John Still admits he remains keen to take McGeehan back to Kenilworth Road when the loan window opens next week.
Still said: 'We've always said that we would take Cam here permanently.
'We believe he would want to come to us but he's got to work with Norwich, so we'll keep knocking at the door with this like we have done and see what comes out. But we have been and are talking to Norwich.'
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international is yet to make a senior appearance for the Canaries but is seen by many as one of the brightest prospects at Carrow Road. That is where he could return once his latest stint of gaining first-team experience away from Norfolk is over.
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However, after three goals in five appearances for Cambridge there would be little surprise if Richard Money attempted to hold onto the youngster until the end of the campaign.
While McGeehan's longer-term future should keep him with Norwich until at least next summer – when his contract, which has the option of another year, runs out – the former Chelsea and Fulham youngster may wish to continue on his current journey to try and get to the top.
'Luke (Shaw) and Paddy (McNair) have had their break and gone and taken it with both hands,' McGeehan said ahead of Tuesday's showcase replay at Old Trafford, which Cambridge lost 3-0.
'But there are different paths. A lot of players have to go out on loan, get their experience, and come up that way.
'I know it will happen and am working as hard as I can to make it happen as soon as I can.'