Injury means Norwich City fans will have to wait to see potential Leeds United signing Jonny Howson in action

Norwich City fans are likely to have to wait a few weeks to see midfielder Jonathan Howson pull on the Canary yellow shirt – if his proposed move from Leeds United goes ahead.

It was confirmed yesterday that the two clubs had agreed a fee for the 23-year-old, subject to the player completing a 'stringent medical' and agreeing personal terms.

Howson is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered in Leeds' 2-0 win over Millwall on December 3, which did not require surgery but was initially expected to keep him out of action for about three months.

The former England Under-21 international had not previously missed a game through injury since 2009, and was ever-present in the Championship last season, when he skippered Leeds to seventh place.

If the deal goes through, Howson, who is out of contract in the summer and has turned down a new deal in pursuit of Premier League football, will follow former midfield colleague Bradley Johnson from Elland Road to Carrow Road. The fee was reported by one national newspaper to be �2m.

A statement on Leeds' official website read: 'The club has reluctantly accepted the offer on the basis that the player only has six months of his current contract remaining and has expressed a desire to play Premier League football at the earliest opportunity.

'The club has been in discussions with the player about a new contract at Elland Road for more than 12 months, but he has been steadfast in his position that he would like the opportunity to play Premier League football.

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'On that basis Jonny hasn't felt in a position to commit himself to Leeds United at this moment in time.

'The player would be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of his current contract.

'While accepting the offer on Tuesday the player has still to agree terms with Norwich and we are disappointed the matter has become public at this stage.'

A statement on the Canaries' own website then confirmed their offer had been accepted 'subject to the player completing a stringent medical and agreeing personal terms at Carrow Road'.

Howson, from Morley near Leeds, came through the club's academy and made his first team debut in the Carling Cup against Barnet in September 2006.

Later the same season, as an 18-year-old, he scored his first senior goal in a 2-1 defeat at Norwich.

He has made 225 senior appearances for Leeds in all competitions, scoring 28 goals.

Howson became United's youngest captain since Billy Bremner when former manager Gary McAllister handed him the job.

He played in the League One play-off final against Doncaster at Wembley in 2008 and led his side to runners-up spot behind the Canaries in League One in 2010.

Interviewed about his injury while sitting out the Christmas programme, he said: 'We're not putting an exact timescale on it, but we are looking at a couple of months – maybe around that time.

'It's just a rough guideline and we'll see how it goes, but the good thing is I don't need an operation or anything like that.

'Short term it's not good news, but long term it is good news.'


Age: 23.

Born: Leeds, May 21, 1988.

Height: 5ft 11in.

Position: Midfield.

Leeds debut: v Barnet (h), Carling Cup, Sept 19, 2006.

First senior goal: v Norwich (a), Feb 3, 2007.

Appearances: 225 (all competitions).

Goals: 28.

International honours: England Under-21.

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